Grey Kia EV6 parked next to modern wall with Car of the Year 2022 text.

Kia EV6 2022 European Car of the Year

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The Kia EV6 has been named the 2022 European Car of the Year

The all-new Kia EV6 has been named the 2022 Car of the Year in the prestigious European Car of the Year (COTY) awards. The innovative all-electric crossover was voted the overall winner by a 61-strong jury consisting of highly respected motoring journalists from 23 European countries.

The Kia EV6 was initially listed for consideration for the top award alongside over sixty models that launched during 2021. In November, the COTY jury whittled this longlist down to a seven-strong shortlist, six of which were electric vehicles (EVs), further demonstrating the growing importance of electric vehicles to consumers as society transitions towards a new mobility future.

From making the shortlist, the EV6 successfully fought off competition from the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E, ŠKODA ENYAQiV, CUPRA Born, Renault Mégane E-Tech, and PEUGEOT 308 to be crowned 2022 European Car of the Year.

“This is an absolutely momentous achievement for Kia and continues to build anticipation ahead of our own launch of the all-new EV6 here in New Zealand,” said Managing Director of Kia New Zealand, Todd McDonald.

“Independent third-party endorsement of the Kia EV6 by the world’s motoring press reaffirms why we are looking forward to the debut of this vehicle on our shores. It’s the all-round complete package offering generous interior space, outstanding fast-charging, and driving range capability, as well as impressive levels of technology.

“We’re only weeks away from the new model arriving in dealerships and I have every expectation it is going to make an absolute statement on the showroom floor as the new flagship of our portfolio.”

Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe, commented: “It’s a great honour to have won the 2022 European Car of the Year with the 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.”

Dedicated platform

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. As a result of its E-GMP underpinnings, the EV6 has a class-leading interior space, a highly impressive 528km driving range and 800V ultra-fast charging capabilities that enables customers to carry out a 10 to 80 percent charge in just 18 minutes.

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 center 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 2022 European Car of the Year award is the latest in a growing number of globally renowned awards bestowed on the EV6 since its introduction last year. Other titles recently claimed include: 2022 Irish Car of the Year; 2022 What Car? ‘Car of the Year’; ‘Crossover of the Year’ at the 2021 awards; ‘Premium’ winner in the German Car of the Year 2022 awards; and joint winner of the inaugural ‘Best Cars of the Year’ 2021/2022 awards.

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.

Back end of a Kia EV6 crossover SUV with a pink sunset in the background.
Black steering wheel of a Kia EV6

So, what now?

Additional information, such as pricing, charging, and performance is yet to be released. But rest assured, we’ll let you know.  The EV6 is due to begin arriving at our Canterbury dealerships during the second quarter of this year.

To be amongst the first for EV6 updates, register your interest at: EV6 pre-registration.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Kia EV6, get in touch with either Autoworld Timaru or Cockram Kia in Christchurch. Find us here.

Overseas models may be shown. Actual New Zealand specification may vary.

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