Last week (19th January), we headed down to the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair for the 2023 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. Positioned as the industry’s most influential annual event, the prestigious ceremony celebrates outstanding achievements and inspirational personal contributions from across the automotive sector.
As the official EV sponsor, we were delighted to sponsor the Small Electric Car, Large Electric Car, Electric SUV and Plug-in Hybrid categories. The partnership continues a successful relationship between our two brands, with myenergi having supported the awards since 2020.
A total of 23 awards were handed out throughout the evening, culminating 12 months of rigorous road and track testing by the judging team. The full list of category winners can be found on the What Car? website, but here’s our electric highlights:
– Plug-in hybrid of the Year: Lexus NX 450h+ Premium Pack
– Small Electric Car of the Year: MG 4 EV Standard Range SE
– Large Electric Car of the Year: Volkswagen ID Buzz Style
– Electric SUV of the Year: Genesis GV60 RWD Premium
Offering a perfect example of ‘retro done right’, the VW ID. Buzz took home the top spot as 2023’s Car of the Year. Attracting attention from motorists worldwide, the brand-new model has heads turning as the very first ground-up electric camper van.
The judges said:
“This is a car that you can buy with your head and your heart, then – one that doesn’t fit neatly into an established box, but which is all the better for this. In short, it moves the game on more than any other model launched in the past 12 months, so it has to be our Car of the Year.”
Commenting on our sponsorship of the awards, myenergi co-founder Jordan Brompton added:
“At myenergi, we’re renowned for pushing the boundaries of possibility when it comes to eco-smart home energy technology.
“It’s this commitment to innovation and development, along with our wider ambition to protect the energy systems of tomorrow, that sees us continue to operate at the forefront of the industry. As a celebration of innovation, inspiration and outstanding achievement, sponsoring the What Car? Car of the Year Awards – a key event in the automotive calendar – is highly important to us.
“While we’ve been a partner to the awards since 2020, this year we wanted to shift things up a gear and expand our agreement to cover more categories. This shows our commitment to further accelerating the national transition to electrification and reflects our ambition of being the charging device of choice.
“We’re delighted that the VW ID. Buzz took home Car of the Year. It’s stylish, iconic and, most importantly, electric!”
The What Car? Car of the Year Awards has a 45-year history as one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the UK’s automotive calendar. The night showcases and celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions made by procurement professionals. Find out more here.