The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year while the BMW i4 EV has won Car of the Year.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the winners Thursday to kick off the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.
The Ioniq 5 is part of Hyundai Motor Group’s plan to introduce 23 BEV models and sell one million BEV units worldwide by 2025. It rivals vehicles such as the Ford Mach-E, Volkswagen ID4, Tesla Model Y and the Kia EV6.
“Ioniq 5 continues to win awards around the world, and we’re honoured to receive this top accolade from our automotive experts here in Canada,” Hyundai Canada President Don Romano said in a statement.
The automaker has sold about 5,500 Ioniq 5s in Canada, the automaker said.
The BMW i4 has a range of up to 484 kilometres, depending on the model.
AJAC members picked the winners from 12 category winners spanning segments that include cars, utility vehicles, trucks and EVs.
The two vehicles beat the following vehicles: Mazda3, Genesis G90, Hyundai Elantra N, Toyota Corolla Cross, Mitsubishi Outlander, Kia Telluride, Lexus NX, Volvo XC90, Ford Maverick.
More than 250 vehicles on sale in Canada were eligible for evaluation and voting in this year's awards. Vehicles that were newly designed, recently refreshed, and carried over from the previous year were all eligible upon receiving a minimum number of ballots submitted by AJAC journalists.