Polestar 2 named 2022 New Car of the Year
Polestar announced on Friday that its model Polestar 2 was awarded by Auto Trader with 3 prizes: New Car of the Year, Most Loved Car and Best Premium Electric Car. In addition, EcoCar magazine has voted the Polestar 2 its Best Electric Compact Executive Car during its 2022 Electrified Top 50 awards.
Earlier this week, the Swedish electric vehicle maker unveiled that has taken over 32,000 customer orders globally for Polestar 2 since the start of 2022, representing an increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021.
Decided by 156,500 real car owners, in one of the industry’s largest consumer studies, the Auto Trader awards are based on analysis of huge amounts of data to determine true consumer champions, Polestar said.
Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, said: “The Polestar 2 is a stylish, all-electric sporting crossover that takes zero-emissions motoring seriously while preserving a premium ownership experience, with high-quality tech alongside a vegan interior.
“Racking up three awards at the Auto Trader New Car Awards this year is a true testament to the great strides Polestar is taking to make sure consumers are getting the best experience possible. Owners of the Polestar 2 told us that they love their cars. Some commented on the car’s power, looks and effortless driving. One owner even told us that it’s the only car that puts a smile on their face every time they drive it.”
For EcoCar the awards were determined by the magazine’s road test reviews, plotting the top 50 electrified cars tested in 2022, with the Polestar 2 finishing in the top 20. In the end the Polestar 2 was named the Best Electric Compact Executive Car of 2022, impressing the judges with its design, interior quality and intuitive infotainment system as well as its affordable starting price.
Ian Robertson, editor of EcoCar magazine says “The arrival of a single-motor Standard Range version means the Polestar 2 is now more affordable. It still has a decent range too, of up to 294 miles on a single charge with its updated 69kWh battery, so we reckon it will be the sweet spot for many buyers. Other versions get a 78kWh capacity and a choice of 228 or 402bhp, the latter for scalded cat acceleration. We love the 2’s quirky styling and solid interior, with a Google-based infotainment system that’s child’s play to use. It’s little wonder that Polestar shifted more than 4,000 of them last year, in its first full year on sale.”
Jonathan Goodman, head of Polestar UK, said: “It’s clear the Polestar 2 has captured the attention of both media and consumers, as this slew of new awards proves. Adding to the car’s already impressive tally with Auto Trader’s New Car of the Year award and EcoCar’s Best Electric Compact Executive Car 2022 is extremely gratifying for us all”
“And it’s not just the cars that have proved popular with customers, our direct to consumer sales model, approachable retail Spaces and online purchasing has also proved a hit. The customer is in control at all times, and that’s important to us at Polestar as the brand continues to grow.”
Polestar announced on Thursday that has begun delivering the first units of Polestar 2 model to Hertz as part of the agreement announced in April. The deal represented one of the largest single orders for EVs ever made with Polestar announcing the supply of 65,000 units over the next five years.
In addition, the Swedish manufacturer unveiled its ambitions of selling approximately 290,000 cars per year by the end of 2025. The brand added that it is on pace with over 32,000 customer orders for Polestar 2 in the first five months of the year, an increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021.
On Wednesday, Polestar unveiled that is the main partner at the international forum for sustainability, 2022 Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Summit will take place on 7-8 June and brings together members of the fashion industry, policy makers and stakeholders from a range of industries.
Polestar aims to find new partners within the textile industry to join the Polestar 0 project – its ‘moonshot goal’ to create a truly climate neutral car by 2030 (without relying on off-setting).”
One day after teasing the new SUV model, Polestar unveiled on Tuesday the first image of the upcoming Polestar 3 that will debut in October 2022. Polestar 3 will feature a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery, with a range target of over 600 km (WLTP). Polestar 3 will, over time, offer autonomous highway piloting powered by the best-in-class LiDAR sensor from Luminar and centralized NVIDIA computing power.
Last week, the electric vehicle maker announced the Polestar 2 BST edition 270, a version with 476 hp built to deliver a superior dynamic experience. The new version brings mechanical modifications along with key design enhancements to elevate itself above standard Polestar 2 models.
Recently, Polestar confirmed the arrival of the Apple CarPlay system this Spring to Polestar 2 and its upcoming models.
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