Let's be clear from the start, the Hyundai IONIQ did not win the "Swiss Car of the Year 2017" competition. It did, however, do something that no brand or model has managed before: it took two podium places as a completely new model with a completely new name, third place in the main category "Swiss Car of the Year 2017" and second place in the category "Switzerland's Greenest Car". That is a more than respectable achievement. In both categories, it came top amongst cars with electric or electrically supported drive systems.
The IONIQ is the first car worldwide to allow customers to choose between different electric drive concepts: the IONIQ Hybrid, the IONIQ Electric with 100% electric drive and the IONIQ Plug-in. This, however, cannot be the only thing that won over the expert panel of motoring journalists and recognised specialists.
Diego Battiston, Managing Director of Hyundai Suisse: "First and foremost, I would like to thank the panel for these awards. With the IONIQ, Hyundai is highlighting the innovative route we are taking to help shape the future needs of mobility. As part of this, it is important to us to make the latest technology available to a wide range of customers as quickly as possible. IONIQ fulfills precisely this ambition, offers a high utility value, is fun to drive, conserves natural resources and even looks good on top of all that. The decision of the two expert panels confirms to us that the IONIQ makes it possible to square the circle."
With the IONIQ, Hyundai has set a new benchmark in the company's sustainability strategy, and has also extended the current range of vehicles that emit little to no CO2. The world's first serially-produced car with fuel cell technology, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell with hydrogen drive, which is already used by Coop amongst others, is already on the market.
Hyundai is offering all of the IONIQ versions with the leading warranty package in the automotive industry with 5 years without any distance restriction and an 8 year or 200,000 km warranty for the high-performance batteries.
The best part: the IONIQ Hybrid and the IONIQ Electric are already available to order in Switzerland. The IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid will be launched in 2017.