Kia EV6 GT crowned 2023 World Performance Car
Kia has achieved an outstanding result in this year’s World Car Awards, with the Kia EV6 GT being crowned the 2023 World Performance Car.
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Announced at an awards ceremony during the New York International Auto Show, the recognition came from a jury of 100 distinguished international automotive journalists representing 32 countries.
Having evaluated a broad range of vehicles from around the world, the judges’ recognition of Kia’s vehicles serves as further validation of the brand’s dedication to producing innovative mobility solutions that benefit society, in line with its ‘Movement that inspires’ mindset.
Speaking of the award, President and CEO of Kia Corporation, Ho Sung Song, said:
”To be recognised in this way by the World Car Awards’ judges is a tremendous honour. As Kia transforms to become a world-leading sustainable solutions provider, we are leaving no stone unturned to create vehicles which deliver exceptional practicality while also inspiring customers through their ingenuity, technology and design. The latest prestigious accolade provides further confirmation of the success of our strategy.”
With a combined power output of 430 kW, enabling a 3,5-second 0-100km/h acceleration time and a top speed of 260km/h, the all-electric EV6 GT’s long-range capability, spacious interior and sophisticated design saw it beat stiff competition from more traditional petrol-powered sports cars.
Winning the coveted 2023 World Performance Car, the Kia EV6 GT builds on the exceptional offering of the standard vehicle, which has already been awarded the 2022 Car of the Year and the 2023 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year titles, and was this week also named “Best Electric Vehicle” for a second consecutive year by the editors of U.S. News and World Report in the “2023 Best Hybrid and Electric Car” awards.
It's been a rewarding week for Kia all around, as the Kia Niro Hybrid was also recognised “Best Hybrid SUV” in U.S. News and World Report’s “2023 Best Hybrid and Electric Car” awards for the very first time. The editors of U.S. News selected winners based on their individual, overall scores from the U.S. News Best Car Rankings, as well as their respective starting prices, charging rates and EPA-estimated fuel economy and range data. Over 100 new vehicles contended for awards.
The Niro, which was also a contender for the prestigious title of the World Car of the Year and finished with a Top 3 placement, brings a new level of sustainable mobility with its innovative features and user-friendly technology. It is the reigning 2023 Women’s World Car of the Year and ranks highest in mass market category of the 2022 J.D. Power Electric Vehicle Experience Ownership Study.