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All the World Car of the Year winners revealed as Volkswagen ID.4 takes top spot

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World Car of the Year – it’s quite the accolade and one that every car manufacturer wants to get its hands on, especially after a year ravaged by Covid-19. 

The awards are presented after a panel of 94 global jurors submit their votes for the very best cars on sale from May to May each year.

The cars can be completely new or ‘fully redesigned’ to be included and the event is now in its 17th year.

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Here are the winners of the five categories.

World Car of the Year

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4

It’s safe to say Volkswagen has done an impressive job of overturning the troubles that came with the Dieselgate scandal, having shifted its focus towards electric vehicles under the ID branding. And it probably needed to…

The first in the range was the ID.3, followed by the ID.4 SUV. It’s the latter that has won the prestigious World Car of the Year title, having scored highly for its market significance, environmental impact and innovative features.

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World Luxury Car

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes S Class on the road

Over the years, the S-Class has led the way in the luxury market thanks to its stunning interiors, ultra-comfortable driving experience and innovative technology.

The latest model is no different, scoring particularly well for its safety features – no surprise given the fact that this car acts as Mercedes’ technology pioneer, boasting the latest and greatest driver assistance features and semi-autonomous driving abilities.

World Performance Car

Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo on the track

Another that’s no surprise, the 911 Turbo has been voted the best performance car in 2021. This rear-engined Porsche sports car has long been the standard-bearer in the segment, and the latest model has ballistic performance and hugely impressive handling characteristics.

Unsurprisingly, judges rated it highly for performance, while its emotional appeal helped swing the balance in its favour. It’s available as both a coupe and cabriolet, with even the entry-level Turbo models capable of 199mph.

World Urban Car

Honda e

The Honda E has won a world car of the year award

When Honda brought a funky, retro electric car to the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the world fell in love with its cute, diminutive features. So much so, in fact, that Honda decided to actually make it. The result was the ‘e’, which kept most of the cool styling of the concept.

It has a pretty short electric range of up to 137 miles, but with its dinky dimensions it was only really designed to be used in the city. Its funky styling and futuristic interior won judges over, comfortably beating the excellent Toyota Yaris to the title of World Urban Car.

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World Car Design of the Year

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender wins top award

Replacing the iconic Defender was always going to be a difficult task, but Land Rover absolutely nailed the design of the new model. It absolutely ran away with the voting, comprehensively beating the Honda e and Mazda MX-30.

It’s not all show, though. The new Defender is arguably the most capable production off-roader on the market, but what’s even more impressive is that its on-road manners are also fantastic, making it a brilliant all-rounder.

James Baggott

James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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