EV Motoring – 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV named World Car of the Year +VIDEO

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  • The first SUV based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive kit (MEB) receives the most votes from the 93 international jurors
  • ID.4 won praise for its environmental impact of no direct emissions and affordability
  • This is the fifth World Car of the Year award for Volkswagen

Wolfsburg / New York Apr 20, 2021; The Volkswagen ID.4 has been named “World Car of the Year 2021,” prevailing over strong global competition. The World Car Awards are presented by more than 90 international automotive journalists from 24 countries, who vote on the best innovations on the world market.

“We are particularly pleased about our ID.4 being named World Car of the Year”, says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen passenger cars. “Not only because it is one of the most important car awards in the world, but also because the jury honored a great idea and a

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Toyota chief Akio Toyoda is 2021 World Car Person of the Year

Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda has been named 2021 World Car Person of the Year by the World Car Awards organisation.

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Akio Toyoda

The charismatic Toyota leader beat four other global automotive execs to the top spot thanks to votes from 93 international motoring journalists.

Mr Toyoda succeeds last year’s winner, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, in being honoured as someone who has made a significant contribution to the global automotive industry.

“On behalf of all 360,000 Toyota team members around the world, thank you for this tremendous honour!” said Mr Toyoda.

“If you don’t mind, however, I would like to change this award from car ‘person’ of the year to car ‘people’ of the year – because it’s the collective effort of all our global employees, retailers and suppliers that has truly made Toyota what it is today.

“I for one couldn’t be

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Hyundai i20 is the Indian Car of the Year 2021: From the event

Since its inception in 2005, the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award is the most prestigious accolade sought by every car manufacturer in India.

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ICOTY 2021

In 2021, a glittering ceremony attended by select stalwarts of the Indian automotive industry attended the 16th edition of the ICOTY awards held at the Andaz Hotel at the Aerocity in New Delhi.

Held under strict social distancing and sanitization guidelines given the circumstances, the attendance was kept very exclusive.

The Hyundai i20 was crowned the Indian Car of the Year 2021, and the award was collected on behalf of HMIL by S. S. Kim, MD & CEO, HMIL, Tarun Garg, director, sales and marketing, HMIL and DH Park, executive director, sales and marketing, HMIL.

The Hyundai i20 was awarded the coveted ICOTY 2021 while the Kia Sonet gave the i20 good competition and with 91 points, it took home second place. Behind

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Car Sales Tanked in 2020, But Dealers Had Their Most Profitable Year

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Last year wasn’t good for new car sales. Factory shutdowns, lockdowns, and consumer hesitancy caused car sales to crater in the Spring of 2020; stronger sales in the latter months of the year couldn’t erase the early drop. Overall, sales were down 14.6 percent in 2020, which sounds like bad news for dealers. That’s hardly the case: Automotive News reports that overall dealer profits soared by 48 percent last year, leading to record-setting profits despite sluggish sales.

That begs the question: How did dealers manage to make so much more money selling fewer cars? The first answer appears to be simple: They put the squeeze on us. Shuttered factories drastically reduced supply, but demand stayed strong. That led to a rush on dealers for in-demand models, with a line of customers ready to pay. Dealers could charge what they wanted.

Or, to put it in

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