World Car Awards finalists revealed, electric cars dominate


2022 World Car Awards is edging closer to the finals and this year, history is being made. For the first time since the inception of the Award, all three finalists for the World Car of the Year are electric vehicles.

To be considered for the top award, a vehicle must have a manufacturing run of at least 10,000 units per year. It must also be available in at least two major markets around the world during the period of January 1, 2021 to March 30, 2022 and the car must be priced below the luxury-car level in major markets.

Kia EV6

This year, a total of 102 automotive journalists from 33 countries selected the finalists by secret ballot. On April 13 in New York, the three finalists, namely; Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, will battle it out for the top prize.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Interestingly, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6 are based in the same platform, which says a lot about the good work the Hyundai-Kia team is doing. In fact Kia EV6 recently won the 2022 European Car of the Year and is also in the 3 car shortlist for the category of World Car Design Awards. On the other hand, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a finalist for two other categories: World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. The car is also featured in the latest superman movie.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

As for the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the car has already collected numerous awards from leading automotive reviewers and publications since the year 2020 and most notably, it won the 2021 North American SUV of the Year Award where it had to battle the legendary new generation Land Rover Defender. 

In other worlds, the three cars are deservedly on the short list for the top award. Here are the vehicle’s on finals for the remaining categories. 

World Car of the Year

• Ford Mustang Mach-E

• Hyundai Ioniq 5

• Kia EV6

World Electric Vehicle of the Year

• Audi E-tron GT

• Hyundai Ioniq 5

• Mercedes-Benz EQS

World Urban Car

• Opel Mokka

• Toyota Yaris Cross

• Volkswagen Taigun

World Luxury Car

• BMW iX

• Genesis GV70

• Mercedes-Benz EQS

World Performance Car

• Audi E-tron GT

• BMW M3/M4

• Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ

World Car Design of the Year

• Audi E-tron GT

• Hyundai Ioniq 5

• Kia EV6