What cars were recognized as the best in different yearsSeptember 11, 2020
All the winners of international awards “Car of the Year” were collected in three videos
Annual car awards are both international and national. Contests organized by automotive publications stand apart. The top three are Motor Trend (USA), What Car? (UK) and Wheels (Australia). The BudgetDirect portal has collected in three videos all the cars that experts have recognized as the “best” over the years.
American Motor Trend is officially considered the first magazine to launch such a contest – Car Of The Year (COTY). However, in the period from 1949 to 1957, the publication presented awards not to specific models, but to automakers. So, in 1949 Cadillac was recognized as the best, and the first car that received the title of best was the Ford Thunderbird (1958).
The first hybrid car to win a Motor Trend award was the Toyota Prius in 2004, and electric cars only made it to the top in 2013 (Tesla Model S). Later, in 2017, the Chevy Bolt EV won the award.
British What Car? ran its own COTY for the first time in 1978 with the Renault 20 TS as the winner. In total, Renault models won the competition three times, and Volkswagen was the absolute leader in the number of awards (six wins). Audi and BMW won three victories.
The first electric car to win the What Car? Award was the 2019 Kia e-Niro First Edition, and the 2020 Ford Puma the first mild hybrid.
As for the Australian magazine Wheels, it has been running its own award since 1963. As with What Car ?, the first COTY winner in Australia was the Renault model, the Renault 8.
Later, the local brand Holden (owned by General Motors) won more often than others – 10 times. The first hybrid to be awarded is the Honda CRZ (2011) and the first electric vehicle is the BMW i3 (2014). In 2020, the Mercedes-Benz EQC won the palm.
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