Cars are often thought of as being mainly for guys but a large proportion of drivers are also female. So it’s only right that there should also be an award for the best car of the year judged by women. That award is the Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) which is the only automotive award voted on exclusively by women.
Judges in the WWCOTY awards are not voting for ‘a woman’s car’. Rather, they vote as experienced journalists and assess cars accordingly. They do, however, take into account what they think women would like to buy. This difference makes the Women’s World Car of the Year Supreme Award one of the most unique in the industry.
Each year, the judges nominate their preferences and this year, 420 cars were on the first nomination list, and then reduced to 60. The judges then voted on those cars by allocating points. The voting was by secret ballot and audited by international accountancy company, Grant Thornton, from their office in New Zealand.
For the 2017 WWCOTY Supreme Award, the clear winner is the Hyundai IONIQ. Besides the overall award, the Korean model also topped the competitive Green Car category.
The IONIQ is available (in some markets) with either a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and or pure electric powertrain. There is no IONIQ with just an internal combustion engine. For the judging, all three variants were considered and treated as one car for voting purposes.
“The car that wins the Supreme award has gone through a rigorous test by 25 judges from 20 different countries who are on the panel of Women’s World Car of the Year,” said Sandy Myhre, CEO, Women’s World Car of the Year. “It’s a democratic process and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out.”
The jurors called the IONIQ ‘a clear winner’ and a ‘standout’, especially in a year of extremely tight competition. “The IONIQ was designed for drivers who appreciate all forms of sustainable powertrain options and represents a significant step forward for eco-friendly driving,” said ByungKwon Rhim, Executive Vice-President & COO, Hyundai Motor. “Earning the unique honour of the Supreme Award from the judges of the Women’s World Car of the Year demonstrates that IONIQ has achieved a new benchmark for performance in an environmentally-friendly package.”
The model has also won the 2017 Green Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and was named a Green Car of the Year finalist by the Green Car Journal. The IONIQ also won the Hybrid category of the 2017 Malaysia Car of the Year awards recently.
Other winners of the 2017 Women’s World Car of the Year awards are:
Family Car – Mazda CX-5
Performance Car – Honda Civic Type R
Budget Car – Ford Fiesta
Luxury Car – BMW 5-Series
SUV/Crossover – Peugeot 3008