World Car of the Year: Porsche Taycan drives home a double victory

The Taycan claimed top spots in the World Luxury Car and World Performance Car of the Year categories at this year’s World Car of the Year Awards 2020 (WCOTY).

For the World Performance Award, it succeeded in a historic triple against the 911 and the 718 Spyder/Cayman GT4. The electric sports car also won World Luxury Car award.

Eighty-six international motor journalists voted and assessed over 50 new cars. The winners were announced during a live online conference by the WCOTY organisation.

Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development Michael Steiner received the awards. He said, “This double win in the categories World Performance Car and World Luxury Car underlines what we wanted to achieve when we developed the Taycan. We wanted to create a driver-focussed, fully electric sports car that can take on any Performance Car. At the same time we focussed on uncompromised everyday-usability and contemporary, digital luxury and comfort for four passengers. We are delighted that the WCOTY jury rewards these efforts.”

The vote for WCOTY continues a winning streak – the Porsche Taycan, along with the new 911, launched last year, has already won around 40 international prizes, predominantly in the main markets of Germany, United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and China.

Taycan Turbo S. PHOTO: PORSCHE

The Porsche Taycan has won Car of the Year from Top Gear magazine (UK) and Game Changer of the Year from Top Gear magazine (UK). It was also picked as The China Green Car of the Year by the Chinese Car of the Year (CCOTY) jury; German Car of the Year by the German Car of the Year (GCOTY) jury; and was awarded the innovation prize from Connect magazine (Germany).

The Porsche 911 was a two-time winner in Auto, Motor and Sport magazine (Germany) readers’ choice for Best Cars – once as a Coupé, once as a Cabriolet – and also won Auto Trophy as the readers’ choice from the Auto Zeitung magazine (Germany); Best Performance Car of the Year from Auto Express magazine (UK); and Best Driver’s Cars from Motor Trend magazine (US). It was also picked by the Chinese Car of the Year (CCOTY) jury as the China Performance Car of the Year.

“We are so happy to have been awarded these prizes. They reflect the positive feedback from our customers and are a great incentive for our future work,” said Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG Oliver Blume. “We see ourselves as pioneers of sustainable mobility and have brought an emotive as well as highly innovative sports car to the road with the Taycan – fully electric and 100 per cent Porsche.”

Speaking about the awards the new Porsche 911 has won, Blume said, “The 911 has kept us on the road to success for almost 60 years thanks to its distinctive design. When a child draws a picture of a sports car, it often resembles a 911. We have continuously and consistently developed its unique technical concept. With the engine in the back and the ignition key on the left, the 911 has become an icon – as well as the benchmark that every sports car is measured against.”