Until the coronavirus pandemic turned our world upside down. Awards such as the World Car of the Year Awards (WCOTY) were handed out in glamorous surroundings. Usually somewhere in the world, at some auto show.
The company named the 2020 champions this week as part of an online celebration in a much less glamorous setting. And though unexpectedly the Kia Telluride grabbed the title of World Car of the Year. Porsche’s first hybrid sedan, the Taycan, managed to win two awards.
The EV was named the World Luxury Car and World Performance Car of this year by the jury of 86 judges. Therefore, the new model follows a long line of Porsches that recorded victories in the performance category in 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. But it is the first in the luxury sector to earn a nickname?
We so pleased these prizes won. We show our customers ‘constructive reviews and are a great encouragement to our future work. Oliver Blume, Chairman of Porsche AG’s Executive Board mentioned in a statement.
We see ourselves as pioneers in sustainable mobility and have put with the Taycan – full electric and 100 percent Porsche. An emotional as well as highly creative sports car into a lane.
The Taycan was first shown publicly at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019 and began selling through 2020. Priced at $150,900, the product is playing the game in its category quite alone for the moment.
The hybrid Porsche is available in three models in the U.S., including 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. Power varies from 435 to 625 ps, while the range provided by the EV from 252 miles (407 kilometers) to 450 kilometers (280 miles).
The Taycan is the world’s first manufacturing EV to use an infrastructure of 800 volts instead of the normal 400 volts. Requiring charging times of 22 minutes to achieve a capacity of 80 percent.
And though unexpectedly the Kia Telluride grabbed the title of World Car of the Year, Porsche’s first hybrid sedan, the Taycan, managed to win two awards.