There are various Car of the Year choices in the world, two of which rise above the others. The most significant title in Europe is Car of the Year (COTY).

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In addition, Auto Best is significant in Europe, where the best affordable novelty is selected every year. In its jury, Finland is represented by Ilta-Sanomat's producer Tommi Lempinen.

Globally, COTY has become best known for its World Car Awards, founded in 2004, with 86 judges covering the entire world. The votes of Finland and the Nordic countries will be given by Toni Jalovaara, Ilta-Sanomat's long-term assistant.

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This year, the vote was more difficult than usual, with Kia Telluride and two Mazda models, the CX-30 and Mazda3, competing in the final round of the main series, the World Car of the Year 2020.

The winner was the so-called three-row large SUV, Kia Telluride. It is useless to dream of such in Europe, because the production of a car designed and manufactured in the United States is not enough to meet demand even beyond the Atlantic.

Michael Cole, CEO of Kia Motors America, said Telluride is a good reflection of where the Korean brand is going. He stressed that the latest and upcoming models appeal to buyers ’emotions and that price is no longer a determining factor in Kia’s choice.

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Electricity raises its head

The victory was not left to Kia alone, as the World Urban Car 2020, in the Soul EV city car series, left behind the Mini Cooper SE and Volkswagen T-Cross. It is good to note that two of the three candidates in the final stage were electric cars.

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The avalanche of electric cars was reinforced by Porsche Taycan, which won both World Performance Car 2020 and World Luxury Car 2020 awards.

In the sports car series, the winning brand was already known in advance, as the top three were the 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 and 911 in addition to Taycan. Mercedes-Benz EQC and Porsche 911 competed with Taycan for the title of representative cars.

However, the Porsche Taycan did not clean the entire award table, as in search of the best design, the World Car Design of the Year 2020, the Porsche electric car competed with the Mazda3 and Peugeot 208. Mazda missed the main win, but maybe it got a little ointment on its wounds from winning the best design series.