Driven COTY: Green Power - Hyundai Ioniq
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Next in our series of finalists in Driven's annual Car Of The Year: the Green Award
The 2017 automotive headlines included several car makers announcing strategies to electrify their full future model ranges – in some places mis-reported as the imminent demise of the internal combustion engine.
Those needing a guide to the new world of electrification have found an example in the Hyundai NZ range.
The Korean marque launched the Ioniq sub-brand at the start of 2017. The model range spans the electric options — full battery electric or petrol-electric parallel hybrid at this stage with a third ''half-way house'' choice of plug-in hybrid still to come — conventionally packaged in a family-size five-door hatchback body.
Ioniq's choices range from low consumption and emissions with the only constraint on range being the size of the full tank and location of a service station. That changes to something in the region of 200km of full electric and zero-emissions motoring – requiring careful planning of trips and recharging if venturing much further than the daily commute.
The Ioniq range is a ''here-and-now'' example from a mainstream brand of how electrification will be applied in the foreseeable future.
While some car makers grabbed headlines with their plans, Hyundai NZ was delivering a vehicle to its showrooms that covers the electrification options and has the performance, refinement and conventional driving techniques that also makes it a smooth transition into the new electric world.
This year Driven decided to reflect our readers' interests in our Car of the Year categories more. For the first time we have:
- Little Beauties (covering light/compact cars, and small SUVS) - winner: Suzuki Ignis
- Family Chariots (medium/large cars, medium/large SUVs)
- Only For the Rich (premium cars, luxury SUVs)
- Lotto Winner's Choice (performance vehicles) - winner: Honda Civic Type R
- Tradies' Delight (utes/vans) – winner: Renault Master range
- Green Power (hybrids and EVs)
- Motorbike of the Year – winner: BMW G 310 R