These are the 2024 World Car of the Year Winners

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Every year, different groups of auto journalists and industry professionals come together to choose a “best of” list to recognize vehicles in various categories. One of the groups is the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) jury, which includes journalists and professionals from several countries. They recently revealed their 2024 picks at the New York auto show, and it’s clear that legacy auto brands are facing increasingly tough competition.

First, the overall winner. The 2025 Kia EV9 is the World Car of the Year, with the BYD Seal and Volvo EX30 rounding out the top three. Jurors also break vehicles into categories for rankings, and the winners include:

·     Design: Toyota Prius

·     Urban Car: Volvo EX30

·     Performance Car: Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

·     Luxury Car: BMW 5 Series

·     Electric Car: Kia EV9

·     Overall: Kia EV9

Finalists for the awards include:

·     Ford Bronco

·     Hyundai Kona and Kona EV

·     Hyundai Santa Fe

·     Mazda CX-90

·     Subaru Crosstrek

·     Toyota Prius

·     Volkswagen ID.7

Many of those names are familiar to Americans, but the list of candidates for awards is where things get really interesting. The WCOTY jury considered several Chinese brands this year, showing that the country’s automakers are pushing ahead at a feverish pace.

Brands that were considered from China include BYD, Dayun, Great Wall Motors, Maxus, Nio, Omoda/Chery, Seres, XPeng, and Zeekr. KG Mobility from South Korea also made the list of candidates.

To be eligible for an award, the vehicle must be produced in volumes of at least 10,000 units per year and must be priced below comparable premium options in at least two major markets. They must also be sold on at least two separate continents.

[Image: Kia]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Darren Mertz Darren Mertz on Mar 28, 2024

    Where's the heater control? Where's the Radio control? Where the bloody speedometer?? In a menu I suppose. How safe is that??? Volvo....

  • Dave Holzman Dave Holzman on Mar 28, 2024

    A design award for the Prius?!!!

    Yes, the Prius is a great looking car, but the visibility is terrible from what I've read, notably Consumer Reports. Bad visibility is a dangerous, and very annoying design flaw.

  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
  • Ajla "and the $34K price doesn't seem too steep." Respectfully disagree. This would be okay at $29K. $34k clangs into way too much.
  • FreedMike i puUut pUniZhR sTikKr oNn mY KoMMpAs aNd nOW i hEeR Eegle SkReem. (And no one knows it's made in Mexico.)
  • SCE to AUX What a farce.Besides, "patriotism" has been redefined a hundred different ways in the last 20+ years. Disagree with one of them, and you're a traitor.And for starters, Jeep is a Stellantis brand with its HQ in the Netherlands. If this persistent myth about patriotism is ever cracked, the brand is doomed.
  • MaintenanceCosts I'm definitely seeing more dealer-level discounts than I did a year ago, but not a lot of lower MSRPs.