Concept Car Of The Year



Image source Renault

Last year the world was shown a whole host of concept cars.  Ranging from the affordable to the downright bonkers.  This year is set to be even more exciting and as the Geneva Motor show highlighted, manufacturers are getting even more daring with their concept car designs.  However, we are looking at the best of 2016 and, given the competition we are really surprised with the winner.

The Renault Trezor has been crowned 2016’s Concept Car Design of the Year by a 20-strong judging panel featuring some of the world’s top car designers. The peer-reviewed award, received by Anthony Lo, Vice President, Exterior Design and Stéphane Janin, Concept-Car Director, was presented at a gala ceremony in Geneva on March the 7th 2017.  You can see the full results in the Car Design Review 4 which is a 200 page yearbook which highlights all the best designs across the last few years.

Editor of the year book, Guy Bird said: “It was a really close-run race this year but Renault’s low-slung, long-nosed, rear-wheel drive, two-seater electric GT clearly appealed to our panel of normally hard-to-please professional car designers. Judge after judge praised the French EV concept’s dramatic exterior proportions, its interior flair and magnificent use of materials and the strong design connection between exterior and interior. All round, the Trezor is a triumph of creative design and a worthy winner of the 2016 Concept Car Design of the Year.”

This was followed by Laurens van den Acker of Groupe Renault  “It’s an honour to receive this award, because it’s voted by our peers, and that’s the hardest audience to satisfy. It’s great for our design team and their creativity, and I think it only makes us hungry for more, it stimulates us to continue.”

We’ve included some pretty spectacular images of last years winner.  It is stunningly sleek so you would have to have a PHD in car dent repair if you were to own one.  Any small imperfection on the vehicle would completely ruin it’s awesome design.  

The Car Design of the Year awards are very unique in the car industry because of its judging panel.  The panel is exclusively made up of a cross section of the world’s best car designers, meaning those who win awards can accept high praise from their peers.  This year’s panel includes design bosses from established marques like Peter Schreyer, chief design officer, Hyundai Motor Group; Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Nissan, Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler and Ralph Gilles, head of design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Also represented were design directors of recent start-up brands Nio (Kris Tomasson) and Lynk &Co (Andreas Nilsson), plus leaders of some of the world’s major automotive suppliers and universities. In order to select the 2016 Concept Car Design of the Year, judges name their top three concepts from a 12-strong shortlist compiled by Car Design News staff. The votes are then verified and counted and the winner revealed.

The Car Design Review 4 yearbook with the full results from the Car Design Awards is now available on Amazon.

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