European, Japanese, and South Korean Brands Prevail Against Chinese Automakers in World Car of the Year Voting

The first round of voting for the 2024 World Car of the Year award has delivered a blow to the rising wave of Chinese auto brands. Despite the presence of 20 new Chinese models in the initial round of voting, only one model managed to secure a spot in the second ballot. The BYD Seal, also known as the Atto 4, was the sole Chinese contender to make it through, leaving China’s car-makers with just 10 percent representation in the second round.

In contrast, traditional automotive powerhouses like Europe, Japan, and South Korea dominated the selection process. South Korea emerged with all three of its contenders, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia EV9, making it to the second round. Europe had two out of its five contenders, namely Volkswagen ID.7 and Volvo EX30, while Japan secured three spots for Mazda CX-90, Toyota Prius, and Subaru Crosstrek. The Ford Bronco completed the top 10 vehicles eligible for the second round.

The unexpected outcome was particularly surprising in the World Electric Vehicle category, given China’s reputation as a leader in electric vehicles. Despite 22 out of the 32 eligible vehicles being Chinese, none of them progressed to the second ballot. Instead, the final five contenders included four European EVs and the Kia EV9.

It is worth noting that the World Car of the Year award is chosen by a panel of 100 automotive journalists from around the world, including representatives from China. The next round of voting, which will narrow down the finalists in each category, will be announced at the Geneva motor show on February 26. The winners will then be revealed at the New York motor show on March 27.

While Chinese automakers faced disappointment in the first round of voting, their recent expansion into European and Australian markets has positioned them as key players for future World Car of the Year competitions. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how Chinese brands adapt and compete on the global stage.

FAQ:

1. What is the World Car of the Year award?
The World Car of the Year award is an annual competition that recognizes the best vehicles in various categories, as decided by a panel of automotive journalists from around the world.

2. What was the outcome of the first round of voting for the 2024 World Car of the Year award?
In the first round of voting, Chinese auto brands faced disappointment as only one model, the BYD Seal (Atto 4), managed to secure a spot in the second ballot. This left China’s car-makers with just 10 percent representation in the second round.

3. Which countries dominated the selection process in the first round?
Traditional automotive powerhouses like Europe, Japan, and South Korea dominated the selection process. South Korea had all three of its contenders make it to the second round, while Europe and Japan secured multiple spots for their respective vehicles.

4. How did Chinese electric vehicles perform in the World Electric Vehicle category?
Despite China’s reputation as a leader in electric vehicles, none of the 22 Chinese electric vehicles progressed to the second ballot. Instead, four European EVs and the Kia EV9 made it to the final five contenders in the category.

5. When will the next round of voting and finalist announcements take place?
The next round of voting and announcement of finalists in each category will be made at the Geneva Motor Show on February 26. The winners will then be revealed at the New York Motor Show on March 27.

Definitions:

– BYD Seal (Atto 4): A Chinese model of car produced by BYD Auto.
– Geneva Motor Show: An annual auto show held in Geneva, Switzerland, where new vehicles are exhibited. (Visit the website)
– New York Motor Show: An annual auto show held in New York City, USA, where new vehicles are exhibited. (Visit the website)

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– World Car of the Year: link
– BYD Auto: link
– Hyundai: link
– Kia: link
– Volkswagen: link
– Volvo: link
– Mazda: link
– Toyota: link
– Subaru: link
– Ford: link