Honda’s first battery electric vehicle for Europe, the Honda e, has been named German Car of the Year 2021 in the country’s annual Car of the Year Awards, becoming the first vehicle from a Japanese brand to do so. The car also won in the New Energy category.

This is the latest in a series of accolades to be given to the Honda e since its launch in Spring 2020, including the top honour in the Red Dot Design Awards.

The German Car of the Year awards are decided by a jury of German car journalists. The panel tests and reviews the latest cars, ranking them according to their usability, driving characteristics, market relevance and level of innovation. The winners of five categories – Compact, Premium, Luxury, New Energy and Performance – then go head-to-head to decide an overall winner.

“For Honda e to be the first Japanese car to be awarded German Car of the Year is a great honour and one we are proud to receive”, added Katsuhisa Okuda, CO & President of Honda Motor Europe. 

“Customer and media response to the Honda e since it was first unveiled has been positive. The Honda e is a perfect example of a product with a unique design, featuring cutting-edge technology and advanced intelligent connectivity to keep owners connected with their everyday life.”

This latest award for the Honda e follows notable success and recognition from across Europe. In the UK, the Honda e triumphed in Autocar’s Britain’s Best Car awards 2020 in the Best Car Tech category, and it was named City / Small Car of the Year in the News International Motor Awards 2020.

IIn Belgium, Honda’s urban electric supermini has been nominated for an Autogid Magazine award, in the Electric Small category, and is also in the running for Hungarian Car of the Year, after being named the Most Exciting Novelty/New Car by Vezess.hu last year.

Elsewhere in Europe, the Honda e has been nominated in Spain’s Axel Springer Motor Awards in the small cars category and in Italy it’s in the running to be named Quattroruote’s Car of the Year. Meanwhile in Denmark, the car has been shortlisted for Denmark Car of the Year 2021.

The Honda e was launched earlier this year and is an important model in Honda’s commitment to electrify 100% of its European mainstream models by 2022. Setting new benchmarks for contemporary car design and advanced e-mobility, the Honda e has been designed without compromise with a focus on functionality and usability.

It features a seamless, sleek and modern appearance, with cutting-edge technology and advanced intelligent connectivity to keep owners in sync with everyday life.