Finalists for the six categories that will be announced on April 13 have been revealed, including the three that will vie for the title of World Car of The Year.
For the first time ever, the trio are all electric, and two already have major awards under their belts. Jurors will be casting votes for either the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The Mustang Mach-E was named 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of The Year, while the EV6 won the 2022 European Car of The Year award in February. All have also won several national and magazine awards.
The vehicles are direct competitors in the compact SUV segment with starting prices in the low-$ 40,000 range and maximum driving ranges of just over 300 miles per charge. The EV6 and Ioniq 5 share a common electric platform, but have entirely different bodies.
But while the continental wins appear to make the Mustang Mach-E and EV6 the favorites, the Ioniq 5 is the only one that was also named a finalist for World Electric Car of The Year, alongside the luxury Audi e-tron GT and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
Here are the rest of the finalists:
World Urban Car: Opel Mokka, Toyota Yaris Cross, Volkswagen Taigun
World Luxury Car: BMW iX, Genesis GV70, Mercedes-Benz EQS
World Performance Car: Audi e-tron GT, BMW M3/M4, Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ
World Car Design: Audi e-tron GT, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6