KIA EV6 Named 2022 European Car of the Year

It’s the world’s most prestigious automotive award and this year’s winner saw the all-new, all-electric Kia EV6 Crossover crowned ‘2022 Car of the Year’.

The award, now in its 59th year, saw the EV6 take centre stage with its class-leading, dedicated electric vehicle architecture.

Of the seven shortlisted vehicles, six of these were electric vehicles (EVs), further demonstrating the growing importance of electric vehicles to consumers as society transitions towards a new mobility future.

Securing its position as the outright winner, the EV6 boasts a winning combination of long-distance, real-world driving range with ultra-fast charging technology. It can travel up to 528 kilometres on a single charge and it takes just 18 minutes to charge the advanced battery from 10 to 80 per cent.

Its certainly not the only award bestowed to the EV6 since its introduction last year. Other titles include:

  • 2022 Irish Car of the Year
  • 2022 What Car? Car of the Year
  • Crossover of the Year’ at the TopGear.com 2021 awards
  • ‘Premium’ winner in the German Car of the Year awards
  • Joint winner of the inaugural ‘Best Cars of the Year’ 2021/2022 awards

Frank Janssen, President, The Car of the Year Jury, said: “It’s a nice surprise to see the Kia EV6 receive this award. Kia’s pace of progress is really impressive.”

Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe, commented: “It’s a great honour to have won the 2022 Car of the Year with he EV6, the first ever Kia to win this prestigious award. The EV6 is truly a landmark development that’s been designed from the outset to make electric mobility fun, convenient and accessible by combining a highly impressive real-world driving range, ultra-fast charging capabilities, a spacious high-tech interior and a truly rewarding driving experience. The EV6 is an exciting sign of what’s still to come in our evolving electrified line-up.”

The EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated EV to be based on the company’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). This high-tech architecture ensures the EV6 eliminates the many compromises faced by EVs that are created on platforms initially designed to accommodate internal combustion engine vehicles.

Signifying its high-tech positioning, The EV6 was the first global model to incorporate Kia’s new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’ which takes inspiration from the contrasts found in nature and humanity. At the centre of the design philosophy is a new visual identity evoking positive forces and natural energy with contrasting combinations of sharp stylistic elements and sculptural shapes.

The EV6 is the first of seven dedicated EV models Kia plans to launch by 2026. The all-electric crossover will play a key role in the company’s plans to become a leading global sustainable mobility solutions provider.

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