Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Land Rover y Porsche fueron las marcas ganadores de los World Car Awards 2021, el premio más importante de la industria automotriz mundial. En la elección participaron 93 periodistas de 29 países. Por primera vez, la Argentina contó con un jurado: Carlos Cristófalo, editor de Autoblog.

Los ganadores de cada categoría fueron los siguientes:

* World Car of the Year: Volkswagen ID.4, la SUV eléctrica de la marca alemana para el Segmento C (compacto). En la final se impuso frente a los Toyota Yaris y Honda E.

* World Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz Clase S, la nueva generación del sedán de la marca alemana para el Semento F (limousine). En la final se impuso frente a los Polestar 2 y Land Rover Defender.

* World Performance Car of the Year: Porsche 911 Turbo, la nueva generación del clásico deportivo de la marca alemana. En la final se impuso frente a los Toyota GR Yaris y Audi RS Q8.

* World Urban Car of the Year: Honda E, el nuevo auto eléctrico de la marca japonesa para el Segmento A (citycar). En la final se impuso frente a los Toyota Yaris y Honda Jazz/Fit.

* World Car Design of the Year: Land Rover Defender, la nueva generación del todo terreno de la marca británica para el Segmento D (mediano). En la final se impuso frente a los Honda E y Mazda MX30.

De los autos ganadores de esta edición hay uno ya a la venta en Argentina (Porsche 911 Turbo, ver nota), uno confirmado para este año (Land Rover Defender, ver nota) y dos previstos para nuestro mercado, pero aún sin fecha de lanzamiento oficial (Clase S y VW ID.4). En cambio, Honda no tiene planes de traer el E a nuestro país.

La lista completa de los candidatos, los jurados y el sistema de votación se informa en la web oficial: www.worldcarawards.com

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Comunicado de prensa World Car Awards
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.

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Honda E – 2021 World Urban Car

TORONTO, Canada – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – For Immediate Release The Road to the 2021 World Car Awards journey concluded today with the declaration of the Honda E as the 2021 World Urban Car 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.

Koji Watanabe, Operating Executive & Chief Officer of Brand and Communications Operations said,“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award from the World Car Awards organisation. We have strived to create new value through products like Honda e, and it is rewarding to see those efforts recognised. We aim to be a company which society wants to exist, and awards like this only strengthen our commitment to provide joy to our customers for years to come.”

The Honda E was chosen from an initial entry list of seven cars from all over the world then a short list three finalists as announced on March 30th. The 2021 Top Three in the World finalists are the Honda e, the Honda Jazz/Fit and the Toyota Yaris.

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Porsche 911 Turbo – 2021 World Performance Car

TORONTO, Canada – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – For Immediate Release The Road to the 2021 World Car Awards journey concluded today with the declaration of the Porsche 911 Turbo as the 2021 World Performance Car 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 seventh World Performance Car win for Porsche AG in the World Car Awards’ 17 year history.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Model Line 911 and 718 said, “We could not be more excited to accept this award, which represents the eighth instance of Porsche winning a World Car Awards title. The 911 Turbo S is the peak of performance and luxury from Porsche, a fact this recognition underscores. With the new generation 992, we continue to push the boundaries.”

The Porsche 911 Turbo was chosen from an initial entry list of nine cars from all over the world then a short list three finalists as announced on March 30th. The 2021 Top Three in the World finalists are the Audi RS Q8, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Toyota GR Yaris.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class – 2021 World Luxury Car

TORONTO, Canada – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – For Immediate Release The Road to the 2021 World Car Awards journey concluded today with the declaration of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as the 2021 World Luxury Car 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 fourth World Luxury Car win for Mercedes-Benz and the second time that the S-Class has won the title in the World Car Awards’ 17 year history.

“It’s a great honour to see the new S-Class recognized around the globe as the 2021 World Luxury Car”, says Prof. Dr. Uwe Ernstberger, Head of S-Class and C-Class model series product group at Mercedes-Benz AG. „And it feels right. Building on its long tradition of innovation, the new generation once again sets the pace in the automotive industry. The S-Class offers trailblazing innovations in all areas, from safety and comfort to efficiency.”

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class was chosen from an initial entry list of ten cars from all over the world then a short list three finalists as announced on March 30th. The 2021 Top Three in the World finalists are the Land Rover Defender, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the Polestar 2.

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Land Rover Defender – 2021 World Car Design Of The Year

TORONTO, Canada – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – For Immediate Release The Road to the 2021 World Car Awards journey concluded today with the declaration of the Land Rover Defender as the 2021 World Car Design 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 sixth World Car Design of the Year win for Jaguar Land Rover. No other OEM has received as many Design awards in the World Car Awards’ 17 year history. Previous Design awards were: 2019 – Jaguar I-PACE, 2018 – Range Rover Velar, 2017 – Jaguar F-PACE, 2012 – Range Rover Evoque and 2013 – Jaguar F-Type.

Prof. Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “New Defender is influenced by its past but is not constrained by it and we are delighted it has been honoured with this award. Our vision was to create a 21st century Defender by pushing the boundaries of engineering, technology and design while retaining its renowned DNA and off-road capability. The result is a compelling 4×4 that resonates with customers on an emotional level.”

The World Car Design of the Year category, and the corresponding award, are meant to highlight new vehicles with innovation and style that push established boundaries. This year, the cars eligible for the 2021 World Car Design of the Year award encompassed all the contenders competing in the other four award categories.

A design panel consisting of seven highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors’ final vote. The design experts are in alpha order: Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School), Ian Callum (United Kingdom – Director of Design, CALLUM), Gert Hildebrand (Germany – Owner Hildebrand-Design), Patrick le Quément (France – Designer and President of the Strategy Committee – The Sustainable Design School), Tom Matano (USA – Academy of Art University, Former Head of Design – Mazda), Victor Nacif (USA – Chief Creative Officer, Brojure.com and Design instructor, NewSchool of Architecture and Design) and Shiro Nakamura (Japan – CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.).

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