Out of the five titles up for grabs – including the World Car of the Year award – Kia and Porsche picked up two awards each, with Mazda taking home one.

The Porsche Taycan made headlines last month after it was nominated for three different awards and after the final round of voting, the company emerged the winner in two categories. The Taycan which we saw in Germany nearly took a clean sweep of all the awards it was nominated for – losing to the Mazda3 by just two points for the World Car Design of the Year award.

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Porsche has had a field day in the nomination rounds; taking a clean sweep of the Performance Car category with the new 911, 718 models and the all-electric Taycan. Double happiness struck at the Peugeot camp after their new 208 was also named the 2020 European Car of the Year.

The following are the five different categories and who the winners had to fend off for their respective titles:

World Car of the Year:
Kia Telluride – 758
Mazda3 – 745
Mazda CX-30 – 738

World Luxury Car of the Year:
Porsche Taycan – 846
Porsche 911 – 786
Mercedes-Benz EQC – 778

World Performance Car of the Year:
Porsche Taycan – 867

Porsche 911 – 809
Porsche 718 – 776

World Car Design of the Year
Mazda3
– 179
Porsche Taycan – 177
Peugeot 208 – 144

World Urban Car of the Year:
Kia Soul EV – 751

Volkswagen T-Cross – 702
MINI Cooper SE Electric – 574

The road to finalising these winners have taken six months since the candidates were announced in September 2019 at the Frankfurt motor show. These winners have gone through the scrutiny of jurors from all over the world including those from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Russia and USA to name a few.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.