Toyota boss Akio Toyoda has pushed fashions just like the Yaris and GR Yaris, focussed on profitability throughout the pandemic and but accelerated EV growth plans. Tata Motors’ Pratap Bose was additionally a finalist for the award this 12 months – the primary ever Indian to be shortlisted.
Ninety-three World Car jurors from 28 nations have unanimously voted Akio Toyoda, President/CEO, Toyota Motor Corporation because the recipient of the 2021 World Car Person of the Year. Mr Toyoda was in competition for the honour together with 4 different finalists together with Luc Donckerwolke – Chief Creative Officer, Hyundai Motor Group, Euisin Chung – Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group, Tomiko Takeuchi – Mazda’s first-ever feminine chief engineer and program supervisor of the MX-30, and Pratap Bose – Tata Motors’ Vice President, Global Design, who’s the first-ever Indian to be nominated for the extremely prestigious award.
Akio Toyoda achieved many accomplishments over the previous 12 months together with bringing two improbable fashions just like the Yaris and the GR Yaris to the market, whereas additionally remaining worthwhile regardless of the challenges introduced upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. This helped the carmaker defend jobs globally, at a time when the auto business was collectively going through downtime.
He has additionally been instrumental in sustaining a gentle tempo of growth for the CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric) period. Last 12 months, the Toyota head additionally revealed the corporate’s plans to construct a real-life prototype metropolis of the long run in Japan known as the ‘Woven City.’ The new metropolis will likely be a totally related ecosystem powered by hydrogen gasoline cells. Mr Toyoda managed to realize all of this whereas nonetheless actively collaborating in numerous motorsport actions as a driver all year long.
The different contenders for the coveted title did some unimaginable work over the previous 12 months. The solely lady nominee right here, Tomiko Takeuchi broke the glass ceiling because the first-ever feminine chief engineer and program supervisor of the MX-30 at Mazda. She can also be additionally the primary feminine growth driver and analysis check driver, and presently leads a crew of 1000 across the globe.
Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer of the Hyundai Motor Group has been instrumental in creating and executing the profitable design technique for the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis manufacturers. Under his management, the Kia launched its EV6 idea, whereas Genesis rolled out the G80 and GV80 fashions, and extra just lately the Genesis X idea.
Coming to Indian automobile designer Pratap Bose, the Tata Motors’ VP – Global Design, has been liable for remodeling the model’s design technique in current instances. The previous 12 months noticed the designer convey fashions just like the Altroz and the Safari to the market that win large on design, together with ideas just like the Sierra and the HBX.
And lastly, Euisun Chung is the Chairman, Hyundai Motor Group and has spearheaded the rise of the Hyundai-Kia manufacturers into the highest 5 international automakers. This regardless of the pandemic gravely affecting the auto sector and continues to take action even right now. Hyundai’s luxurious arm additionally launched its first-ever SUV – GV80 – up to now 12 months. Mr Chung has additionally been liable for accelerating the Korean automaker’s electrical mobility plans and placing the carmaker on par with different main OEMs within the electrification, fuel-cell and hybridisation race.
The World Car Person of the Year award is without doubt one of the six awards handed out by the World Car Awards yearly. The classes embody World Luxury Car, World Urban Car, World Performance Car, World Car Design and World Car of the Year. The earlier recipients of the honour embody Hakan Samuelsson, President, and CEO, Volvo Car Group (2018) the late Sergio Marchionne, CEO, FCA; Chairman, CNH Industrial; and Chairman and CEO, Ferrari (2019), and Carlos Tavares, CEO – PSA Group (2020).
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