This was a clear winner. All three models in the range were considered and treated as one car for voting purposes – the Ioniq EV, Ioniq Hybrid and PHEV Plug-in Hybrid. Runner-up was the Mazda CX-5. The Ioniq also won the Green Car category.
"The car that wins the Supreme award has gone through a rigorous test by 25 judges from 20 different countries who are on the panel of Women’s World Car of the Year."
"It's a democratic process and cars that have won categories and the supreme winner really have to stand out."
"It must be mentioned that Mazda did very well to have three cars nominated, and score so highly, in all three categories."
Judges nominate their preferences. This year 420 cars were on the first nomination list, whittled down to the top 60. Judges then vote on those cars by allocating points. Voting is by secret ballot and audited by international accountancy company Grant Thornton from their Auckland (NZ) office. Director, Paul Kane, said voting is not always predictable.
"This year, the Hyundai Ioniq was a standout. It's always a tight competition but there were a couple of cars that were ahead of the others in their category, notably, the Ford Fiesta and the BMW 5 Series."