The all-new Volkswagen ID.3 and the Polestar 2 both came out winners in two of the five categories of the 2021 German Car of the Year Awards. The award for Top Car of the Year will be chosen from the five category winners.
18 respected automotive journalists each vote for the winners of each category in the German Car of the Year Awards. Volkswagen managed to place first in two of the five categories, with the Golf MK8 and ID.3 electric each earning a title. The Polestar 2 also acquired a title in a third category. It will be the third year in a row that an electric vehicles take the highest title of Top Car of the Year should an EV win.
72 different models were up for titles in the five categories which consist of compact, premium, luxury, new energy, and performance. Compact nominees are required to have a starting price of up to EUR 25,000 and premium caps at EUR 50,000. Luxury focuses on more expensive models, new energy is aimed towards alternative powertrains, and performance focuses on sports cars.
The Polestar 2 took home the title for the Luxury category with Alexander Lutz, Managing Director of Polestar Germany, stating “The award proves that electric mobility is on the rise in Germany. The fact that we were able to prevail in this important category, especially against all the established brands, confirms what a fantastic car Polestar 2 is.”
The ID.3 was nominated in both the Premium and New Energy categories. Klaus Zellmer, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Klauss said about the accomplishments “The new Golf and the ID.3 have already come out on top in a number of relevant comparison tests. The fact that the two top-of-the-range models were rewarded by the jury primarily for their environmentally friendly designs and innovations is also a very special form of recognition for all of us here at Volkswagen.” Zellmer added “With its highly efficient engines, the Golf plays just as an important a role during the transformation phase as the fully electric and already carbon-neutral ID.3.”
The 18 automotive journalist jury will announce the winner of the German Car of the Year award in November.