Volkswagen’s ID.4 has been proclaimed as the World Car of the Year for 2021, after seizing the accolade from the Kia Telluride that won the previous year, despite being sold exclusively to the US market. This signifies the German company’s fifth victory since the awards were established, with the Golf emerging victories in both 2009 and 2013, the Polo in 2010, and the Up in 2012. The ID.4 is also the third electric vehicle to claim the title, after the Nissan Leaf in 2011 and Jaguar I-Pace in 2019, and could potentially foreshadow more frequent electric nominations and successes in the awards’ multiple categories.
The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s second vehicle to join its burgeoning electric ID range after the ID.3 (both of which are produced on the same assembly line at Zwickau) utilising its unique MEB architecture, and styles itself appropriately as an electric SUV. Although it was only the First Edition ID.4 models to grace global markets in March, the panel of 93 international jurors and motoring journalists from 28 different countries, elected to bestow upon the ID.4 the privilege of being the World Car of the Year, in which deliveries of the conventional, standard models are expected to arrive in the UK in May.
Upon being presented with the award, Ralf Brandstatter, the CEO of Volkswagen Cars announced “We are particularly pleased about the ID.4 being named World Car of the Year. Not only because it is one of the most important cars in the world - but because the jury also honoured a great idea and a great team. The first ID.4 model for the key markets of Europe, China and the US carries our electric offensive around the world. A convincing car, a great idea - and the World Car of the Year award? That goes well together for us!”
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Thus, the ID.4’s importance and significance as a vehicle is in how Volkswagen intends to sell it in the three major automobile markets of Europe, the US, and China, and therefore, it will become the face of their electric campaign and accelerated transition towards e-mobility and greater electrification. Being a spacious SUV, enabled by the absence of a combustion engine that would otherwise demand more room for the powertrain, the ID.4 also has the advantage of appealing to customers who desire a vehicle oriented around families. The growing popularity of these in Europe should consequently contribute towards the realisation of Volkswagen’s lofty ambitions for the ID.4 to become the tip of its spear in its electric vehicle offerings and help them manifest as a commanding entity in the electric market.
Thus, the ID.4’s importance and significance as a vehicle is in how Volkswagen intends to sell it in the three major automobile markets of Europe, the US, and China, and therefore, it will become the face of their electric campaign and accelerated transition towards e-mobility and greater electrification. Being a spacious SUV, enabled by the absence of a combustion engine that would otherwise demand more room for the powertrain, the ID.4 also has the advantage of appealing to customers who desire a vehicle oriented around families. The growing popularity of these in Europe should consequently contribute towards the realisation of Volkswagen’s lofty ambitions for the ID.4 to become the tip of its spear in its electric vehicle offerings and help them manifest as a commanding entity in the electric market
The ID.4 will be initially available with a 77 kWh battery and a motor situated on the rear axle that produces 201 brake horsepower and 229 lb ft of torque, which enables the ID.4 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. Volkswagen’s electric SUV will also manage a respectable 323 miles of electric range in average temperatures and conditions and features 125 kW rapid charging capabilities that should restore the battery from 10 to 80 percent in the space of 35 minutes, which equates to 199 miles every half an hour if a charging point with sufficient power is found. However, there are plans to release four wheel drive and potentially less powerful 52 kWh versions in the coming months, which will most likely see the ID.4 encompass a broad range of prices
The most affordable ID.4 variant, the ID.4 Life will cost £41,570, thus meaning it will not be eligible for the revised UK government grant for plug-in electric vehicles, and will be equipped with a 10 inch infotainment screen, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, an ambient lighting system, two-zone climate control, and folding rear seats. The slightly more expensive ID.4 Family enjoys larger 19 inch alloy wheels, a rear view camera, LED matrix headlights, three-zone climate control, nets in the boot to retain luggage, and the ability to start the vehicle without requiring a key to be inserted. Finally, the ID.4 Max, which will be the most expensive model able to be purchased for the first few months, is gifted with a 12 inch infotainment screen, a heat pump to help recycle wasted energy so that performance and range are not sacrificed in colder weather, an augmented reality head-up display that projects indicators onto the windscreen, and electronically adjustable seats with a sports trim. The heat pump can also be purchased as an optional addition for a surplus £1250 in the other two models and over the air, automatic software updates to infotainment and autonomous technologies are provided to all ID.4 versions, and it is likely that a more diverse scope of variants will be available by the end of the year.
Other vehicles that won awards at the World Car Awards:
● 2021 World Urban Car = Honda e
● 2021 World Luxury Car = Mercedes-Benz S-Class
● 2021 World Car Design = Land Rover Defender
● 2021 World Performance Car = Porsche 911 Turbo
The 2021 World Car Awards have clearly indicated that the demand for electric vehicles is growing rapidly and manufacturers are making them increasingly more appealing to the general public and to motoring enthusiasts. The success of the ID.4 in the Awards also conveys just how seriously Volkswagen is taking their electric range of vehicles and how electric vehicles are gradually becoming standardised and will eventually be regarded the “new normal” in the motoring world. This is reflected also in the Honda e’s victory in the World Urban Car category and evidently shows that electric vehicles are being designed and assembled to an equal and perhaps even to a superior calibre to combustion engine vehicles, in which this will only continue to become more pronounced in the next few years.
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