CAR DESIGN AWARD, THE 2024 EDITION FINALISTS

It’s a whole new edition of the Car Design Award 2024, the international accolade that has been honouring since 1980s the design teams responsible for the best series and concept car projects, as well as the best design language. The award, organized this year in collaboration with Alcantara, announces the finalist projects and brands for 2024.

As required by the Rulebook, the jurors selected 10 production car projects and 10 concept car projects unveiled between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023, plus 5 brands that have stood out for the formal language of their entire product range. The finalists have been selected by the Car Design Award jury members following the award’s three categories: Production Cars, Concept Cars and best Brand Design Language. The 2024 Car Design Award’s winner announcement ceremony and the handover of the trophies will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at the ADI Design Museum in Milan, during the 2024 Milan Design Week.

Concept CarsProduction CarsBrand Design Language
Alpine A290_βAlfa Romeo 33 StradaleBMW
Audi ActivesphereAston Martin ValourCupra
BMW Vision Neue KlasseCupra TavascanKia
Cupra DarkRebelDacia DusterLotus
Kia EV3Geely Galaxy E8Toyota
Lamborghini LanzadorKia EV9
Lancia Pu+Ra HPELamborghini Revuelto
Mazda Iconic SPTesla Cybertruck
Mercedes-Benz Vision One-ElevenToyota Land Cruiser
Toyota FT-SeVolvo EX30

The international jury that will elect the winners of the Car Design Award 2024 is made up of journalists from renowned global car and design magazines:

Brazil: Paulo Campo Grande, Quatro Rodas, Editor
China: Jun Miao, MJ CarShow, Chief Editor
Europe: Luca Ciferri, Automotive News Europe, Editor & Associate Publisher
France: Stéphane Meunier, L’Automobile Magazine, Editor in Chief
Germany: Michael Köckritz, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Ramp.Space
Japan: Tetsuya Kato, Car Graphic, Publisher
India: Dhruv Behl, AutoX, Founder & Managing Editor
Italy: Silvia Baruffaldi, Auto&Design, Editor
South Korea: Kibeom Kim, Roadtest, Publisher & Editor in Chief
Spain: Juan Carlos Payo Calderon, Mobilitas Group, General Director
United Kingdom: Andy Franklin, Top Gear, Creative Director

2023 Car Design Award Prize-giving ceremony

2023 CAR DESIGN AWARDS GO TO GENESIS AND FERRARI (GALLERY+VIDEO)

The design teams of Genesis for the X Convertible concept car, of Ferrari for the Purosangue and Ferrari for its Brand Design Language are the winners of the 2023 Car Design Award, the Oscar of world car design established in 1984 by the Auto&Design magazine.

The award ceremony was held in Milan at the renowned ADI Design Museum today, April 18th, during the Milano Design Week. The event was opened by an exclusive “High Performance Design” Talk with Flavio Manzoni, Chief Design Officer of Ferrari, Alberto Ferrari, Brand Manager of Brembo and Gregorio Marsiaj, Executive Vice President of Sabelt.

Since 2016, the Car Design Award includes three categories: “Concept Cars”, “Production Cars” and “Brand Design Language”, the latter an award given to the design team that has stood out for the consistency and transversality of its brand’s formal language across its whole product range.

 

The winners of the 2023 edition, chosen from a shortlist of ten finalists, are:

  • in the Concept Cars category, the Genesis design team for the X Convertible project
  • for Production Cars, the Ferrari Design for its Purosangue
  • in second place the team of Toyota Design for the Prius  
  • on the third step of the podium, the Jeep team for the Avenger
  • for the Brand Design Language section, the design language of the whole brand, the award went to the Ferrari Design team
  • the Kia and Hyundai design teams finished second and third respectively

“More than ever, design is one of the key elements in buying a new model and the Car Design Award has always been an internationally recognized prize for the best of the best in the highly competitive automotive design community”, said Silvia Baruffaldi, Editor of Auto&Design and President of the Award Jury.

The unique design of the trophies comes from Brembo, a partner of the award program since it was revived in the 2000s.

THE JURY

The winners were chosen by a jury of experts, all journalists from leading international automotive publications, for an objective assessment of the global car design scene:

Brazil: Paulo Campo Grande, Quatro Rodas, Editor

China: Jun Miao, MJ CarShow, Chief Editor

South Korea: Kibeom Kim, Roadtest, Publisher & Editor in Chief

Europe: Luca Ciferri, Automotive News Europe, Editor & Associate Publisher

France: Stéphane Meunier, L’Automobile Magazine, Editor in Chief

Germany: Michael Köckritz, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Ramp.Space

Japan: Tetsuya Kato, Car Graphic, Publisher

India: Dhruv Behl, AutoX, Founder & Managing Editor

Italy:  Silvia Baruffaldi, Auto&Design, Editor

United Kingdom: Andy Franklin, Top Gear, Creative Director

Spain: Juan Carlos Payo Calderon, Autopista

CAR DESIGN AWARD 2023, JURY MOTIVATIONS

CONCEPT CARS, Genesis X Convertible

“Genesis has been on a roll recently, with truly clean and premium design, epitomized in the Genesis X Convertible. This project plays elegantly with the design elements of classic sports convertibles in a contemporary interpretation, enhancing Genesis design DNA.”

PRODUCTION CARS, Ferrari Purosangue

“Stunning proportions for an SUV that looks more compact than its actual size. Accessibility and roominess are best in class, thanks also to an elaborate and visually appealing door system. Unmistakably a Ferrari, which sets itself apart from all the other high end marque SUVs.”

BRAND DESIGN LANGUAGE, Ferrari

“There is not a single Ferrari which has been less than gorgeous in recent years. Different design languages, but all distinctively Ferrari. The brand has managed to evolve and innovate without losing its identity, while entering a new chapter for independent model lines.”

Design Talk and Prize-giving Ceremony photos in high-resolution download here

WINNERS OF THE MOST RECENT CAR DESIGN AWARDS

AnnoConcept CarsProduction CarsBrand Design Language
2016Mazda RX-VisionAston Martin DB11Volvo Cars
2017Jaguar I-PaceFord GTLand Rover
2018Honda Urban EVJaguar E-PaceVolvo Cars
2019Alfa Romeo TonalePeugeot 208Citroën
2020Hyundai ProphecyFerrari RomaPorsche
2021Canoo Pick-up EVLand Rover Defender 90Peugeot
2022Toyota Compact Cruiser EVFerrari 296 GTBPolestar

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CAR DESIGN AWARD, THE 2023 EDITION FINALISTS

The Car Design Award is pleased to announce the 2023 edition finalists. The international accolade has been awarded since the 1980s to the design teams that have created the best production and concept car projects, as well as the best brand design language. As required by the Rulebook, the jurors selected 10 production car projects and 10 concept car projects unveiled between 1 April 2022 and 31 December 2022, plus 5 brands that have stood out for the formal language of their entire product range. The finalists have been selected by the Car Design Award jury members following the award’s three categories: Production Cars, Concept Cars and best Brand Design Language.

Concept CarsProduction CarsBrand Design Language
Alpine AlpenglowBentley BaturBMW
Audi UrbansphereBYD Atto 3Ferrari
Dacia ManifestoFerrari PurosangueHyundai
Cupra UrbanRebelGAC Aion Hyper GTKia
GAC Car Culture Series #1Jeep AvengerToyota
Genesis X ConvertibleMaserati GranTurismo
Hyundai N Vision 74Peugeot 408
Mercedes-Benz AMGPolestar 3
Renault R5 TURBO 3EToyota Prius
Toyota bZ Compact SUVVolvo EX90

The 2023 Car Design Award’s winner announcement ceremony and the delivery of the trophies made by Brembo, partner of the event, will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at the ADI Design Museum in Milan, during the Milan Design Week 2023. 

CAR DESIGN AWARD 2022, MAXIMILIAN MISSONI COLLECTED THE PRIZE FOR POLESTAR (VIDEO)

Maximillian Missoni, head of Polestar design, collected the Car Design Award 2022 for the Brand Design Language category. The ceremony took place at the ADI Design Museum in Milan on June 10 in the presence of Silvia Baruffaldi, editor Auto&Design, Riccardo Baldo (Academic Director of the IED Group, technical partner of the event) and Alberto Ferrari, Brand and Marketing Manager of Brembo, in charge of designing the trophies.

This is the jury’s motivation for the Polestar brand: “At Polestar everything has a practical meaning, beyond looking for beauty. In addition to the clean, elegant and futuristic style, its projects also reveal concern for the planet and sustainability. The design team has found a distinguished and engaging personality within the premium electrified environment, thanks to a consistent and attractive design language”.

CAR DESIGN AWARD 2022, FLAVIO MANZONI COLLECTED THE PRIZE FOR THE FERRARI 296 GTB (VIDEO)

Flavio Manzoni, head of Ferrari design, collected the Car Design Award 2022 for the 296 GTB, a model that leads the Production Cars category. The ceremony took place at the ADI Design Museum in Milan on June 10 in the presence of Silvia Baruffaldi, editor Auto&Design, Riccardo Baldo (Academic Director of the IED Group, technical partner of the event) and Alberto Ferrari, Brand and Marketing Manager of Brembo, in charge of designing the trophies.

This is the jury’s motivation for the Ferrari 296 GTB: “Creating such a beautiful and organic shape while respecting all current regulations and at the same time equipping the car with technology and performance of the highest level is truly impressive. The influence of the legendary racing sports cars of the 1960s is found in the Ferrari 296 GTB and the end result is a grand contemporary interpretation of a classic design language”.

CAR DESIGN AWARD 2022, LANCE SCOTT COLLECTED THE PRIZE FOR THE TOYOTA COMPACT CRUISER EV (VIDEO)

Lance Scott, President of Toyota ED2, collected the Car Design Award 2022 for the Compact Cruiser EV, a model that leads the Concept Cars category. The ceremony took place at the ADI Design Museum in Milan on June 10 in the presence of Silvia Baruffaldi, editor Auto&Design, Riccardo Baldo (Academic Director of the IED Group, technical partner of the event) and Alberto Ferrari, Brand and Marketing Manager of Brembo, in charge of designing the trophies.

This is the jury’s motivation for the Toyota Compact Cruiser EV: “This project revives in the electric era one of the most iconic Toyota off-roaders, promising a future production compact SUV with a strong appeal. All the design details are meant to express all-terrain credentials in a contemporary shape. A rugged and modern utilitarian product that is also desirable, a hard feat to achieve”.

2022 CAR DESIGN AWARDS GO TO TOYOTA, FERRARI AND POLESTAR

The design teams of Toyota for the concept car Compact Cruiser EV, Ferrari for the 296 GTB and Polestar for its Brand Design Language are the winners of the 2022 Car Design Award, the Oscar of world car design established in 1984 by Auto&Design magazine.

The award ceremony was held in Milan at the prestigious ADI Design Museum today, during the Milano Design Week.

The Car Design Award has three categories since 2016: “Concept Cars”, “Production Cars” and “Brand Design Language”, an award given to the design team that has stood out for the consistency and transversality of its brand’s formal language across the whole product range.

Here are the winners of the 2022 edition, chosen from a shortlist of ten finalists:

  • in the Concept Cars section, the Toyota design team for its Compact Cruiser EV project
  • in second place the Polestar design team for the O2
  • in third place the Astheimer Design team for its Aura
  • for Production Cars, the best design award went to Ferrari design for its 296 GTB
  • in second place ex aequo, the teams of DS design for the 4 and Lotus for the Eletre
  • on the third step of the podium, the Volkswagen team for the ID.Buzz
  • for the Brand Design Language section, i.e. the design language of the whole brand, the award went to the Polestar team
  • the Ferrari and Kia design teams are in second and third places respectively

The Car Design Award has three categories since 2016: “Concept Cars”, “Production Cars” and “Brand Design Language”, an award given to the design team that has stood out for the consistency and transversality of its brand’s formal language across the whole product range. 

“The Car Design Award has always been an unmissable event for the automotive design community and we are glad to return to meet in presence after two digital editions due to the pandemic disruption”, said Silva Baruffaldi, Editor of Auto&Design and President of the Award Jury.

The winners’ trophies, with their unique design, were made by Brembo, a partner of the initiative since the award was revived in the 2000s. “The trophy for this edition is inspired by our latest innovation Sensify, the smart braking system that offers designers new opportunities and scope for creativity. Design has always been part of Brembo’s DNA; attention to form, detail and finish will always be a key aspect of our market offering”, said Mauro Piccoli, Brembo Chief Marketing Officer.

Guest of the ceremony, Riccardo Balbo, Academic Director of IED Global: “The IED shares the values of the Car Design Award. A school’s mandate is to train designers and teach them how to grasp and anticipate brand needs, but also to enable brands to contribute to the growth of the educational system”.

THE JURY

The winners were chosen by a jury of experts, all journalists from leading international automotive publications, for an objective assessment of the global car design scene:

Silvia Baruffaldi (Auto&Design, Italy)

Luca Ciferri (Automotive News Europe, EU)

Juan Carlos Payo Calderon (Autopista, Spain)

Dhruv Behl (AutoX, India)

Tetsuya Kato (Car Graphic, Japan) 

Stéphane Meunier (L’Automobile Magazine, France) 

Jun Miao (MJ CarShow, China)

Paulo Campo Grande (Quatro Rodas, Brazil)

Michael Köckritz (Ramp, Germany)

Kibeom Kim (Roadtest, Korea)

Andy Franklin (Top Gear, UK)

CAR DESIGN AWARD 2022, JURY MOTIVATIONS

CONCEPT CARS, Toyota Compact Cruiser EV

“This project revives in the electric era one of the most iconic Toyota off-roaders, promising a future production compact SUV with a strong appeal. All the design details are meant to express all-terrain credentials in a contemporary shape. A rugged and modern utilitarian product that is also desirable, a hard feat to achieve”.

PRODUCTION CARS, Ferrari 296 GTB

“Creating such a beautiful and organic shape while respecting all current regulations and at the same time equipping the car with technology and performance of the highest level is truly impressive. The influence of the legendary racing sports cars of the 1960s is found in the Ferrari 296 GTB and the end result is a grand contemporary interpretation of a classic design language”.

BRAND DESIGN LANGUAGE, Polestar

“At Polestar everything has a practical meaning, beyond looking for beauty. In addition to the clean, elegant and futuristic style, its projects also reveal concern for the planet and sustainability. The design team has found a distinguished and engaging personality within the premium electrified environment, thanks to a consistent and attractive design language”.  

WINNERS OF THE MOST RECENT CAR DESIGN AWARDS

Anno Concept Cars Production Cars Brand Design Language
2016 Mazda RX-Vision Aston Martin DB11 Volvo Cars
2017 Jaguar I-Pace Ford GT Land Rover
2018 Honda Urban EV Jaguar E-Pace Volvo Cars
2019 Alfa Romeo Tonale Peugeot 208 Citroën
2020 Hyundai Prophecy Ferrari Roma Porsche
2021 Canoo Pick-up EV Land Rover Defender 90 Peugeot

CAR DESIGN AWARD 2022: THE FINALISTS

The Car Design Award is pleased to announce the 2022 edition finalists, selected by the Car Design Award jury members following the award’s three categories: Production Cars, Concept Cars and best Brand Design Language.

As required by the Rulebook, the jurors selected 10 production car projects and 10 concept car projects unveiled between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, plus 5 brands that have stood out for the formal language of their entire product range.

Concept Cars Production Cars Brand Design Language
Astheimer Design Aura DS 4 Ferrari
Audi Skysphere Ferrari 296 GTB Kia
DS E-Tense Performance Ferrari Daytona SP3 Polestar
IED Alpine A4810 Kia Sportage Škoda
Lexus Electrified Sport Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 Toyota
Opel Manta Gse ElektroMOD Lincoln Zephyr
Polestar O2 Lotus Eletre
Porsche Mission R Maserati Grecale
Toyota Compact Cruiser EV Toyota Aygo X
Volvo Concept Recharge Volkswagen ID. Buzz

The 2022 Car Design Award’s winner announcement ceremony and the delivery of the trophies made by Brembo, partner of the event, will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022 at the ADI Design Museum in Milan, during the Milan Design Week 2022. 

CAR DESIGN AWARD, THE 2022 EDITION IS READY TO START

The Car Design Award is ready for its 2022 edition. The award ceremony of the international recognition that since the 1980s – and since 2016 in the current re-edition – celebrates the design teams authors of the best series and concept car projects, as well as the best design language of the brand, will take place in Milan on June 10th 2022.

The jury is now selecting the finalist projects, divided as usual into three categories – ten “Concept cars”, ten “Production Cars” and five competitors for the “Brand Design Language”, the award given to the design team that has best worked on the consistency and transversality of the brand’s formal language across the entire product range – and which will be announced in the second half of April. Follow us in the coming weeks for all the updates and visit www.cardesginaward.com .

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