The competition in the global automotive industry is as tight as it can be. Last year, Toyota ended Volkswagen’s five-year reign as the best-selling brand in the world as the Japanese automaker sold 9.53 million vehicles. The German brand, on the other hand, finished 2020 with 9.31 million units sold.
The said competition is one of the factors that drive car manufacturers around the world to continuously develop, improve, and offer the best products for the consumers. Awards and accolades will follow if a car brand did a great job in designing its vehicles, which could potentially help in overall sales.
Speaking of which, the 11th Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) released its latest list of best cars. The cars that were deemed best in each of the nine categories were based on safety, comfort, technology, and value for money. The winners were carefully judged by a group of 50 motoring journalists from 38 countries, and all are women. Of note, the WWCOTY is the only jury in the automotive world composed exclusively of women.
WWCOTY said that this year’s voting methodology started with choosing the three best models in each category before narrowing those picks down to the individual winners. To filter the selection better, eligible vehicles for the 11th WWCOTY should be launched between January and December 2020. The jury’s votes were certified by the independent auditor Grant Thornton New Zealand.
Here are the best cars in each category of the 11th WWCOTY:
Best Urban Car - Peugeot 208
Best Family Car - Skoda Octavia
Best Luxury Car - Lexus LC500 Cabrio
Lexus LC500 Cabrio
Best Performance Car - Ferrari F8 Spider
Ferrari F8 Spider
Best Urban SUV - Peugeot 2008
Best Medium SUV - Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender
Best Large SUV - Kia Sorento
Best 4x4 & Pickup - Ford F-150
Best EV - Honda e
The jurors will still have one more round of voting to determine the Best Car of the Year from among the nine category winners. WWCOTY said that the result will be announced on March 8, which also happens to be International Women’s Day.
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Know more about Kia Sorento 2022
The Kia Sorento 2022 is the midsize crossover entry of the Korean automaker. Currently, Kia Philippines is offering the fourth-generation version of the nameplate which was introduced in 2020. It is available in two variants with a price that ranges from Php 2,398,000 for the base EX to Php 2,588,000 for the flagship SX. Under the hood, this vehicle comes standard with a 2.2-liter Smartstream inline-4 diesel engine that is capable of making 199 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque. Only an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is used to send power to the front wheels.
Dimensions-wise, the Sorento has a length of 4,810 mm, a width of 1,900 mm, and a height of 1,700 mm. Additionally, it has a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,815 mm and 176 mm, respectively. Locally, this Korean midsize crossover competes against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Subaru Evoltis, and Mazda CX-9.
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