Volkswagen ID.4 – 2021 World Car of the Year

TORONTO, Canada  – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – For Immediate Release

The World Car Awards recognizes the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and extends our support and recognition of the industry for rising to the many challenges it has faced. For our part, we have limited the reveal of the 2021 World Car Awards winners to an announcement via digital media, on World Car TV (YouTube- YouTube.com/worldcartv).

The Road to the 2021 World Car Awards journey concluded today with the declaration of the VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 as the 2021 World Car of the Year as voted by our 93 distinguished international journalists from 28 countries that make up the World Car Awards jury panel. The votes were tabulated by KPMG.

This is the fifth World Car of the Year (WCOTY) win for Volkswagen AG.  Previous WCOTY wins were as follows:

2013 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen Golf
2012 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen UP!
2010 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen Polo
2009 World Car of the Year – Volkswagen Golf VI

Ralf Brandstätter, CEO Volkswagen Cars: “We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named “World Car of the Year”. Not only because it is one of the most important car awards in the world – but because the jury also honored a great idea and a great team. The first ID. Model for the key markets of Europe, China and the U.S. carries our electric offensive around the world. A convincing car, a great idea – and the “World Car of the Year” award? That goes well together for us!”

This year’s winner was chosen from an initial entry list of 24 vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists as announced on March 30, 2021. The Top Three in the World finalists for 2021 are the Honda e, the Toyota Yaris and the Volkswagen ID.4.

Vehicles eligible for the World Car of the Year award must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units/year, must be priced below the luxury-car level in their primary markets, and must be “on-sale” in at least two major markets, on at least two separate continents, between May 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021.

For a complete list of previous World Car of the Year winners, please visit our web site: worldcarawards.com.

VIDEO – WINNERS: YouTube.com/worldcartv

PHOTOS:  www.worldcarawards.com > Eligible Vehicles

Part of the World Car Awards program is a look into the future. The Global Trends Repot is produced bi-annually and co-presented by Cision Insights and BREMBO –the world leader and acknowledged innovator of brake technology for automotive vehicles.  Each report focuses on the emerging and future trends that are transforming the industry right now. The most recent report can be found on World Car TV later this month:  YouTube.com/worldcartv

“We are proud to be a partner to the prestigious World Car Awards for the third consecutive year. Our new company vision, “Turning Energy into Inspiration” perfectly matches the values of the international jurors and association. Inspiration, leadership and innovation is in all of our DNA,” states Daniele Schillaci, CEO of Brembo.

The 2022 awards season and the 18thedition of the Road to the World Car Awards journey will officially begin at the New York International Auto Show on August 19, 2021 in the newly renovated Jacob Javits Center in New York City. A new highlight of the 2022 awards program will be the debut of the World Electric Vehicle of the Year award. This new award is intended to recognize, support and celebrate the global transition to electrically-powered vehicles that is now underway and the efforts of automakers around the world in developing these climate-conscious vehicles.

“There has never been a better time to highlight and celebrate the world’s best electric vehicles.  We are thrilled to once again be part of this year’s World Car Awards and are excited about adding this new award to the program.  With the importance of EVs and growing consumer interest, the need for trusted sources for consumers to turn to is paramount, and like the New York Auto Show, the industry’s top journalists that make up the World Car Awards are a trusted resource for buyers as they research their next new vehicle.” said Auto Show president, Mark Schienberg.  2021 marks the 16th year of the World Car Awards’ partnership with the New York International Auto Show.

The Road to the World Car Awards is an annual journey that follows more than 90 of our international jurors as they test-drive,  and vote on, the eligible vehicles for the awards’ season.  The jurors’ road-test journey is captured virtually on World Car TV:  YouTube.com/worldcartv   The jurors provide viewers with reviews and commentary on the awards’ eligible vehicles in five categories: World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car and World Car Design of the Year.

The Road to the World Car Awards journey and the awards program would not be possible without the support of our official partners :  the New York International Auto ShowZFCision InsightsBremboKPMG and Newspress – our official media partner.  Thank you to our partners.

THE ROAD TO THE 2021 WORLD CAR AWARDS
Began August 26, 2020
Ended today with the winners’ announcement – April 20, 2021 

THE ROAD TO THE 2022 WORLD CAR AWARDS
Will begin August 19, 2021
At the New York International Auto Show #RoadtoNYC

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