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The best car in the world: a German and two Koreans fight for the industry grand prix


The finalists for the World Car Awards are a BMW, a Kia and a Hyundai. The winner will be announced before the opening of the New York Show.

On Sunday, March 12, the Oscars were awarded to the best of cinema and before it had been the turn of The Best awards for the world of soccer, but the high season of awards does not stop and now it is the turn of the industry to take the stage automotive: the finalist shortlist for

the 2023 edition of the World Car Awards, the annual distinction for the best car in the world

, was announced, the grand winner of which will be announced on Wednesday, April 5, on the eve of the New York Auto Show.


World Car Awards

gather the opinion of more than a hundred journalists from the automotive industry from more than 30 countries around the world, who base their verdict on

the testing and analysis of vehicles from 50 markets

taking into account different categories, which they range from mechanical and sustainable performance to the level of luxury, comfort and other more subjective aspects, such as design and aesthetic choices.

Volkswagen ID.4 took the award in 2021.

Due to its global nature, in addition, to be considered for this 19th edition of the award, candidates must have gone on sale before January 1 of this year, and in at least five countries or two different continents.

“We are on the cusp of a new and very intense era of mobility.

We are committed to reinterpreting car performance in a new way, and these awards inspire excellence and leadership in the industry," said Daniele Schillaci, CEO of Brembo, one of the firms behind the World Car Awards.

Under this framework, awards are given in six categories: Best Performance Car of the Year, Electric Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year, Urban Car of the Year, Design of the Year and most important of all, World Car of the Year, for the which are nominated, in alphabetical order,

the BMW X1, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and the Kia Niro


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 won in 2022.

The three applicants belong to brands that have already won this award in previous editions.

The first was done in 2006, with the BMW 3 Series;

the second is in search of the double, after taking

first place last year thanks to the Hyundai Ioniq 5


and the last one had been held in 2020 at the hands of the Kia Telluride.

In tune with the evolution of the industry, the three finalists have some level of electrification in their range.



, in fact, does not even resort to hybridization but is already 100 percent electric.




, meanwhile, still have engines with gasoline components.

The best car in the world 2023: BMW X1

Presented around the world last year, it is the third generation of BMW's medium SUV, a product that combines sporty and luxury airs with the unmistakable stamp of the German house.

World Car Awards 2023: BMW X1.

It has a wide range of engine options, very much in tune with the times, especially on the European continent: focusing on its carbon footprint and energy efficiency, it offers hybrid, plug-in hybrid and up to 100% alternatives. electrical.

Among them are the 136-horsepower sDrive18i gasoline engine and the 150-horsepower sDrive18d diesel.

We must add the iX1 electric variant and two plug-in hybrids of 245 and 326 horsepower that are expected in the coming months, both with 4x4.

World's Best Car 2023: Hyundai Ioniq 6

In this case, the South Korean brand directly opted to offer the planet a 100% electric vehicle, as has been its policy for some time, but with batteries with sufficient capacity to exceed 500 or even 600 kilometers of autonomy.

More or less like a car with a combustion engine.

World Car Awards 2023: Hyundai Ioniq 6.

Launched in 2022, the big brother of last year's winner, the Ioniq 5, is characterized by its modern and striking design: it is a sedan but with the air of a coupe.

World's Best Car 2023: Kia Niro

The jury's tendency to celebrate the industry's shift towards zero emissions is confirmed by this third candidate, who was unveiled last year in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric variants, with power values ​​ranging from 141 and the 204 horses.

World Car Awards 2023: Kia Niro.

Defined by the brand as an SUV inspired by nature, with lines that appeal to flow naturally and the use of recycled materials, vegan leather and paints without volatile organic compounds, it arrives at the April 5 event with the impulse of having been chosen as Women World Car of the Year, its sister award but made up of an exclusively female jury.

Other awards from the World Car Awards 2023

Best Performance Car of the Year

  • Kia EV6 GT.

  • Nissan Z.

  • Toyota GR Corolla.

Electric Car of the Year

  • bmw i7.

  • Hyundai Ionic 6.

  • ​Lucid Air.

Luxury Car of the Year

  • BMW 7 Series / i7.

  • Genesis G90.

  • Lucid Air.

Urban Car of the Year

  • Citroen C3.

  • ORA Funky Cat.

  • Volkswagen Taigo/Nivus.

Design of the Year

  • Hyundai Ionic 6.

  • Land Rover Range Rover.

  • ​Lucid Air.

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