New large-scale new cars such as the Grandeur, Torres, and Ioniq 6, which came out in the second half of last year, passed the screening for the second half of the ‘2023 Car of the Year’.
The Korea Automobile Journalists Association (KAJA) conducted an evaluation in the second half of the 2023 Car of the Year for 36 new cars from 17 brands released in the second half of last year, and as a result, 19 cars from 13 brands passed the preliminary round and announced that they would advance to the final screening.
Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Hyundai Motors each have two vehicles that passed the screening in the second half. Kia, Renault Korea Motors, Volvo, Ssangyong Motors, Audi, Jeep, and Peugeot each listed one vehicle.
Kia EV6 GT, Land Rover Range Rover, Renault Korea XM3 E-TECH Hybrid, Mercedes EQE, BMW 7 Series, Ssangyong Torres, Audi Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Grandeur and Ioniq. 6 and 10 passed the screening.
Five SUVs of the year, including the EV6 GT, Range Rover, XM3 E-TECH Hybrid, Torres, and ID.4, were confirmed to advance to the finals. This year’s Utility of the Year finalist was the Volvo V60 Cross Country.
Fierce competition is also expected in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. In this year’s EV category, five vehicles, including the EV6 GT, EQE, i7, ID.4, and Ioniq 6, compete in the final screening.
The association selects and announces the best car in Korea through three evaluations of new cars each year, including the first half, second half, and final evaluation. 55 member companies participate in the evaluation and evaluate the car of the year divided into 8 categories.
The first round of the 2023 car of the year final screening will be held online from the 26th to the 31st, and vehicles that pass this will be evaluated for the second real vehicle at the Automobile Safety Research Institute of the Korea Transportation Safety Authority in Hwaseong on the 8th of next month.
Lee Seung-yong, head of the association, said, “As competition for the 2023 car of the year is expected to be more fierce than ever, we plan to evaluate more fairly and strictly.”
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