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CAR DESIGN AWARD 2017 WINNERS

The design teams of Jaguar for the I-Pace Concept, Ford for the GT and Land Rover for its product range design are the winners of the Car Design Award 2017, the new edition of the historical, coveted Oscar of world automotive design instituted in 1984 on the initiative of the magazine Auto & Design and its founder Fulvio Cinti.

The award ceremony took place in Turin on 7 June as part of the Parco Valentino Turin Motor Show.

“We are delighted to host the return of this prize that resonates worldwide but whose roots are here in Turin”, said Andrea Levy, President of the Show’s Organising Committee.

The Car Design Award was assigned for fourteen consecutive editions up to 1997. The award was then revived in 2016 in a completely renewed incarnation, faithful, however, to the spirit that had always characterised it: to reward the authors of projects that have made a significant contribution to the evolution of car design. Today as before, the winners are decided by a jury of experts representing the most prestigious world car magazines, thus ensuring an objective judgment on the world car design scene.

The Car Design Award is divided into three categories: two of them, “Concept Cars” and “Production Cars”, are historical and they are now joined by a third, “Brand Design Language”, an award to the design team that has worked best to maintain the consistency and transversality of a brand’s formal language over the entire product range.

The winners of the 2017 edition are:

for the Concept Car section, the Jaguar design team for its I-Pace project;
second place goes to Cadillac for the Escala, and third place to Renault for the Trezor.

for the Production Cars section, the Ford design team for the GT;
second place goes to Land Rover for the Range Rover Velar and third place ex-aequo to Alpine for the A110 and Kia for the Stinger.

for the Brand Design Language section, the Land Rover team;
followed by the Mercedes-Benz and Citroën design teams in respectively second and third places.

“In bringing back the Car Design Award we wondered if it might not be fair to also reward the design team that more than any other has been able to give substance and consistency to a brand’s styling idiom over a time span longer than just a single model. Land Rover has done an excellent job in this regard”, said Silvia Baruffaldi, editor of Car & Design and President of the Jury of the Car Design Award.

Entirely new with respect to the “historical” editions are also the trophies, designed and made specifically by Brembo, partner of the award since its return. “The relationship between Brembo and design, which has been strong and active since the company’s origins, is evolving constantly. Our relationships with customers today are increasingly proactive and direct and allow us to combine family feeling, creativity and aesthetics with the needs of quality, reliability and absolute performance”, noted Alberto Ferrari, Marketing Manager of Brembo at the awards ceremony.

An exceptional endorsement came from Walter de Silva, designer and past winner who commented on continuity with past editions. “Receiving the award was particularly important for me and the Alfa Romeo Style Centre team”, he recalled in his speech at the awards ceremony this year. “It was a reassurance for our work, at a time when design had not yet achieved the media exposure it knows today”.

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Organised by Auto&Design magazine, the Car Design Award is assigned by an international jury consisting of representatives of some of the most prestigious automotive magazines from around the world:

Silvia Baruffaldi (Auto&Design, Italy)

Bernd Wieland (AutoBild/AutoBild Klassik, Germany)

Todd Lassa (Automobile Magazine, USA)

Christophe Bonnaud (Automobiles Classiques, France)

Luca Ciferri (Automotive News Europe)

Juan Carlos Payo Calderon (Autopista, Spain)

Dhruv Behl (AutoX, India)

Tetsuya Kato (Car Graphic, Japan)

Jun Miao (Car and Driver China)

Zeca Chaves (Quatro Rodas, Brazil)

Charlie Turner (Top Gear, UK)

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JURY MOTIVATIONS

CONCEPT CARS, JAGUAR I-PACE

“The Jaguar I-Pace is a manifesto of electrification on wheels, epitomising revolution not only in emissions, but also in proportions and an innovative use of the vehicle on the part of passengers. The Jaguar design team has made convincing use of emerging technology applying it to a product that stands out not only for its architecture, but also for its innovative style and the adoption of intelligent packaging”.

PRODUCTION CARS, FORD GT

“The Ford GT delivers a visual impact that few supercars can rival. Designed to optimise aerodynamic efficiency and performance in every parameter, it’s a true realisation of form following function, and rarely has that ethos delivered such a well-resolved aesthetic result. From the dramatic tapered cockpit to the flying buttresses, every angle on the GT captures the imagination and sets your pulse racing a little faster”.

BRAND DESIGN LANGUAGE, LAND ROVER DESIGN

“From the rugged Defender to the luxury Range Rover, Land Rover design has evolved constantly to the point that the range now includes six products – Evoque, Velar, Range Rover classic, Range Rover Sport, Discovery, Discovery Sport – all with very different personalities and characters. At the same time, they are all unmistakably Land Rovers: they are closely linked to the brand’s roots and retain the values of previous generations. In short: constant innovation that respects brand identity”.

WINNERS OF THE PAST EDITION

Concept Cars Mazda RX-Vision

Production Cars Aston Martin DB11

Brand Design Language Volvo Cars

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2017 AWARD EDITION FINALISTS

Here are the finalists for the Car Design Award 2017 in the three categories: production cars, concept cars and best brand design language. The three shortlists have been prepared by the Car Design Award jury. As stated in the regulations, the first two categories consider projects for production cars and concept cars presented between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Production Cars:
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alpine A110
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Citroën C3
DS 7 Crossback
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ford GT
Kia Stinger
Land Rover Velar
Volvo XC60

Concept Cars:
BMW 2002 Hommage
Cadillac Escala
Citroën CXperience
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Jaguar I-Pace
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Concept
Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo
Renault Trezor
Toyota Concept-i
Volkswagen I.D. Concept

Brand Design Language:
Citroën
Land Rover
Mercedes
Renault
Volvo

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2017 JURY MEMBERS

Eleven jury members will decide the winners of the 2017 edition of the Car Design Award for the three categories available, Production cars, Concept cars and best brand design language. The international jury is made up of editors and representatives of celebrated world automotive and design magazines, with a “new entry” from China, Mr. Jun Miao, Associate Publisher & Editor of Car and Driver China.

Silvia Baruffaldi
Auto&Design
Editor
Italy

Bernd Wieland
AutoBild
Editor in Chief
Germany

Todd Lassa
Automobile Magazine
Detroit Bureau Chief
USA

Christophe Bonnaud
Automobiles Classiques
Editor in Chief
France

Luca Ciferri
Automotive News Europe
Editor & Associate Publisher
Europe

Juan Carlos Payo Calderon
Autopista
Editor in Chief
Spain

Dhruv Behl
AutoX
Founder & Managing
India

Tetsuya Kato
Car Graphic
Publisher
Japan

Jun Miao
Car and Driver China
Associates Publisher & Editor

Zeca Chaves
Quatro Rodas
Editor in Chief
Brazil

Charlie Turner
Top Gear
Editor in Chief
UK

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2016 CAR DESIGN AWARDS ASSIGNED

The design teams of Aston Martin for the DB11, Mazda for the RX-Vision Concept and Volvo Cars for its product range design are the winners of the Car Design Award 2016, the new edition of the historical, coveted Oscar of world automotive design instituted in 1984 on the initiative of the magazine Auto & Design and its founder Fulvio Cinti.
The award ceremony took place in Turin on 8 June as part of the Parco Valentino Turin Motor Show.
“We are delighted to host the return of this prize that resonates worldwide but whose roots are here in Turin”, said Andrea Levy, President of the Show’s Organising Committee.
The Car Design Award was assigned for fourteen consecutive editions up to 1997. This year the award is back in a completely renewed incarnation, faithful, however, to the spirit that has always characterised it: to reward the authors of projects that have made a significant contribution to the evolution of car design. As before, the winners were decided by a jury of experts representing the most prestigious world car magazines, thus ensuring an objective judgment on the world car design scene.
The Car Design Award is divided into three categories: two of them, “Concept Cars” and “Production Cars”, are historical and they are now joined by a third, “Brand Design Language”, an award to the design team that has worked best to maintain the consistency and transversality of a brand’s formal language over the entire product range.
For the 2016 edition, winner of the Concept Car section was the Mazda design team for its RX-Vision project; second was the Alpine Vision Concept, and third the Porsche Mission E Concept.
The title of best project for Production Cars went to Aston Martin design for the DB11 (second place went to Volvo Cars for the S90/V90 and third to Bugatti for the Chiron).
The award for best Brand Design Language went to the Volvo Cars team (followed by the Jaguar and Renault teams in second and third places respectively). “The new edition of the Car Design Award introduces this new accolade assigned to the design team that has worked best on the consistency and transversality of a brand’s formal language over the entire product range. Volvo Design is therefore the very first, well deserved winner of this prize”, said Silvia Baruffaldi, editor of Auto&Design and President of the Car Design Award jury.
The trophies, designed and produced for the occasion by Brembo, a partner in the event, are also new. “The history of our relationship with design actually dates as far back as the origins of the company” says Roberto Vavassori, Business Development and Marketing Director of Brembo during the prize-giving ceremony.
An exceptional endorsement came from Lorenzo Ramaciotti, former Senior Design Vice President of FCA and, before that, of Pininfarina, a company with which he won two Car Design Awards, who spoke about the continuity with past editions. “Receiving this award was particularly important for me”, he said speaking at the award ceremony this year. “It was an encouragement to continue with our efforts at a time when design did not enjoy the media exposure it does today”.
Organised by Auto&Design magazine, the Car Design Award is assigned by an international jury consisting of eleven automotive magazines from around the world: Silvia Baruffaldi (Auto&Design), Bernd Wieland (AutoBild/ AutoBild Klassik), Todd Lassa (Automobile Magazine), Christophe Bonnaud (Automobiles Classiques), Luca Ciferri (Automotive News Europe), Juan Carlos Payo Calderon (Autopista), Dhruv Behl (AutoX), Tetsuya Kato (Car Graphic), Doo-Hyun Cho (Motor Trend Korea), Zeca Chaves (Quatro Rodas) and Charlie Turner (Top Gear).

CAR DESIGN AWARD, JURY MOTIVATIONS

CONCEPT CARS, MAZDA RX-VISION
This project is an example of how a skilled, well directed design team is able to create formal beauty by simply clothing the mechanicals, without adding unnecessary frills. The RX-Vision’s low, stretched bonnet is made possible by the latest generation rotary engine, a reminder of Mazda’s sporty tradition and innovative spirit.
The lithe body and softly sculpted volumes marked by bold, essential lines is one of the most successful interpretations of “Kodo – Soul of Motion” design, the formal language that has made Mazda products unmistakable worldwide.

PRODUCTION CARS, ASTON MARTIN DB11
With the new DB11, Aston Martin demonstrated once again it was capable of blending elegance and power. With overdesign becoming the dominant characteristic also for iconic sportscar brands, such a result was anything but a given.
The design team was able to evolve Aston’s historical proportions – long engine hood, thin greenhouse and muscular rear fenders – in an even more rakish interpretation. The polished aluminium element that connects the A and C pillars adds a new flavour of modernity to the DB11.
The too many holes in the engine hood are a bit disturbing, but this was required by the heat-generating twin-turbo engine rather than pure decoration decided by the design team.

BRAND DESIGN LANGUAGE, VOLVO CARS DESIGN
Volvo’s new post-Ford design language can best be described as a cleaner, more elegant, updated take on the organic simplicity of the Peter Horbury era. Under design chief Thomas Ingenlath, each new Volvo model will have its own personality, though with the familiar trademark grille and “Thor’s hammer” headlamps.
The S90, V90 and XC90 are handsome in an understated way, with rear-wheel-drive-like big car proportions suiting Volvo’s luxury brand ambitions.

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2016 AWARD EDITION FINALISTS

Here are the finalists for the Car Design Award 2016 in the three categories: production cars, concept cars and best brand design language. The three shortlists have been prepared by the Car Design Award jury. As stated in the regulations, the first two categories consider projects for production cars and concept cars presented between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

Production Cars:
Aston Martin DB11
Bugatti Chiron
Ferrari 488 GTB
Infiniti Q30
Jaguar F-Pace
Kia Sportage
Lexus LC 500h
Maserati Levante
Renault Scenic
Volvo S90/V90

Concept Cars:
Alpine Vision Concept
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage
Buick Avista
Citroën Aircross Concept
DS E-Tense
Mazda RX Vision
Opel GT Concept
Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept
Porsche Mission E Concept
Yamaha Sports Ride Concept

Brand Design Language:
Jaguar
Kia
Mercedes
Renault
Volvo

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JURY MEMBERS

Eleven jury members will decide the winners of the 2016 edition of the Car Design Award for the three categories available, Production cars, Concept cars and best brand design language.

The international jury is made up of editors and representatives of celebrated world automotive and design magazines.

Silvia Baruffaldi
Auto&Design
Editor
Italy

Bernd Wieland
AutoBild
Editor in Chief
Germany

Todd Lassa
Automobile Magazine
Detroit Bureau Chief
USA

Christophe Bonnaud
Automobiles Classiques
Editor in Chief
France

Luca Ciferri
Automotive News Europe
Editor
Europe

Juan Carlos Payo Calderon
Autopista
Editor in Chief
Spain

Dhruv Behl
AutoX
Founder & Managing
India

Tetsuya Kato
Car Graphic
Publisher
Japan
Doo-Hyun Cho
Motor Trend
Editor
Korea

Zeca Chaves
Quatro Rodas
Editor in Chief
Brazil

Charlie Turner
Top Gear
Editor in Chief
UK

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CAR DESIGN AWARD, THE RETURN

The Car Design Award, for many years the most coveted award in car design, is back. Established in 1984 by Fulvio Cinti, founder of Auto & Design and its editor for more than 30 years, the award was an annual event supported by the City of Turin and the Region of Piedmont until the last edition in 1998.
2016 will see its return with the award-giving ceremony taking place against the backdrop of Parco Valentino, an event that has brought the motor show back to Turin with an original formula that includes great public as well as professional involvement.
As in the original edition, the Car Design Award will be assigned by an international jury (about ten members of different nationality, journalists and writers from the trade press, including Auto & Design) and will reward design teams that have authored two significant projects, one for production cars and one for concepts, presented in the 12 months prior to the vote, namely from 1 April to 31 March of the year of the award. Alongside these two “traditional” categories a third prize will be awarded to the design team that has most successfully developed its brand image and product range.
The composition of the jury, voting dates and sponsors will be announced shortly, while the award ceremony will take place between 8 and 12 June 2016, the official dates of Parco Valentino.