The Hyundai IONIQ 5 all-electric SUV won the 2022-2023 Import Car of the Year at Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY). It is the first model under the Hyundai brand dedicated to battery-electric technology that was able to receive the award beating out the likes of the BMW iX, Land Rover Range Rover, and the Renault Arkana which were also named among the 10 Best Cars of the Year. This is the first time a Korean automaker has won an award at the JCOTY. While the EV only recently made its appearance in the local automotive market, it has been around in other countries for a long time now proving itself to be one of the best options out there.
The Japan Car of the Year award names the 10 Best Cars of the Year and final winners for each category after test drives and final votes from Japan Car of the Year’s Executive Committee. Vehicles released in the Japanese domestic car market between Nov. 1 of the previous year and Oct. 31 of the current year are eligible for the annual competition. Earlier in November, IONIQ 5 was selected for the 10 Best Cars for 2022-2023* from among 48 candidates.
IONIQ 5 signals a bold new direction in electric mobility for customers in Japan and around the world. Already the winner of prestigious global awards, including World Car of the Year, to be recognized in Japan is a significant achievement, especially against such strong competition.
He continues by stating that “Since it went on sale in Japan earlier this year, IONIQ 5 has received positive feedback from consumers who have praised the IONIQ’s design, engineering, and excellent driving range. We will continue to strive to contribute to the future of the mobility with sincerity and humility for the Japanese market.”
The JCOTY judges commended the IONIQ 5 for its innovative exterior design, interior design, outstanding driving range, and dynamic performance. They also valued it for its various convenience and safety features that made driving the vehicle a pleasure.
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