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North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Award Results

 Buick Avista Takes Top Honors In 15th North American Concept Vehicle Awards

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 31, 2016 / – The winners of the fifteenth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced this morning during a ceremony held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

General Motors Vice President Global Design Michael Simcoe accepts two 2016 North American Concept Vehicle Awards for the Buick Avista concept Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. The IMAC awards are for the 2016 Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year and for the 2016 Concept Car of the Year. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Buick)
General Motors Vice President Global Design Michael Simcoe accepts two 2016 North American Concept Vehicle Awards for the Buick Avista concept Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. The awards are for the 2016 Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year and for the 2016 Concept Car of the Year. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Buick)

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 20 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season's auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York.

The Production Preview Concept category is for those vehicle prototypes that are the basis for a model that has already been announced or planned for production. The finalists in this category included the Honda Civic Hatchback, Hyundai Ioniq, Subaru Impreza Sedan, and the Toyota/Scion C-HR.

Marking the brand's fifth time as a category finalist, and fourth time as a category winner, Hyundai takes the honor of 2016 Production Preview Concept of the Year with its Ioniq Concept.

The Concept Car category recognizes passenger-centric, long-range prototypes designed to measure market reaction to future features and models. The finalists in this category were the Acura Precision, Buick Avista, Genesis New York, and the Genesis Vision G Coupe.

Earning its fourth spot as a category finalist, and marking the brand's first visit to the awards podium, Buick takes the 2016 Concept Car of the Year award with its Avista Concept. This award marks GM Design's 38th spot as a category finalist, and 14th spot as a category winner.

The Concept Truck category recognizes those concepts where cargo carrying is a significant design consideration. The finalists in this category were the Lincoln Navigator, Kia Telluride, Nissan Titan Warrior, and the Volkswagen Budd-e.

Bringing the brand's eighth category finalist spot, and third honor as a category winner, the Volkswagen Budd-e earns the 2016 Concept Truck of the Year award.

From among the winners in the Concept Car, Concept Truck and Production Preview Concept categories, the Buick Avista  posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2016. This award marks the Buick brand's first time taking the Most Significant award, and GM Design's seventh time in the top spot.

For more details on the Concept Awards and the selection jury, please visit https://automediaregistry.org/presskit/#NACVOTY on the web.

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Ford GT Takes Top Honors In 14th North American Concept Vehicle Awards

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 26, 2015 / – The winners of the fourteenth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced this morning during a ceremony held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 30 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season's auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York.

The Production Preview Concept category is for those vehicle prototypes that are the basis for a model that has already been announced or planned for production. The finalists in this category included the Aston Martin Vulcan, the Buick Avenir, and the Ford GT.

Marking the brand's 20th time as a category finalist, and fifth time as a category winner, Ford takes the honor of 2015 Production Preview Concept of the Year with its racing-bred Ford GT. "The Ford GT is already one of the all-time great designs, with styling that is simultaneously breathtaking and aerodynamically functional," said juror Dan Carney. "A car for the ages."

The all-new, carbon-fiber, mid-engined Ford GT supercar, expected to go into production in 2016, will redefine innovation in aerodynamics, EcoBoost and light-weighting.
The all-new, carbon-fiber, mid-engined Ford GT supercar, expected to go into production in 2016, will redefine innovation in aerodynamics, EcoBoost and light-weighting.

The Concept Car category recognizes passenger-centric, long-range prototypes designed to measure market reaction to future features and models. The finalists in this category were the Audi Prologue, the Mercedes Benz F 015, and the MINI Superleggera.

Earning its fifth spot as a category finalist, and marking the brand's first visit to the awards podium, Mercedes takes the 2015 Concept Car of the Year award with its F 015 Concept. "The Mercedes-Benz F 015 goes far beyond an interesting redesign -- it takes the definition of transportation to a whole new arena," said juror Bill Schaffer. "That's what a concept car should do."

Mercedes-Benz F015 - Luxury in Motion
Mercedes-Benz F015 - Luxury in Motion

The Concept Truck category recognizes those concepts where cargo carrying is a significant design consideration. The finalists in this category were the Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Kia Trail'Ster, and the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV.

Bringing the brand's fourth category finalist spot, and third honor as a category winner, the Hyundai Santa Cruz earns the 2015 Concept Truck of the Year award. "This (the Santa Cruz) is what the light-truck category needs," said juror Gary Vasilash, "loads of style for people without big loads."

Hyundai Motor America National PR Manager, Jim Trainor (C) accepts 2015 Concept Truck of the Year Award for the Hyundai Santa Cruz from concept jurors Mark Phelan (L) and Tom Kelley (R).
Hyundai Motor America National PR Manager, Jim Trainor (C) accepts 2015 Concept Truck of the Year Award for the Hyundai Santa Cruz from concept jurors Mark Phelan (L) and Tom Kelley (R).

From among the winners in the Concept Car, Concept Truck and Production Preview Concept categories, the Ford GT posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015. This award marks Ford's second time earning the top award in the competition; the brand's first top honor was for the Reflex Concept in 2006.

Ford’s Executive Design Director for the Americas, Chris Svensson (L) accepts the award for 2015's Most Significant Concept from Concept Juror Mark Phelan (R) of the Detroit Free Press.

For more details on the Concept Awards, the full 2015 candidate list, and the selection jury, please visit https://automediaregistry.org/presskit/#NACVOTY on the web.

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2014 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award Winners Announced

Berkley, MI, June 27, 2014 - The winners of the thirteenth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced tonight during a ceremony held at the Vinsetta Garage Restaurant.

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 29 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season's auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York.

The Production Preview Vehicle category is for those vehicles based on a model that has already been announced or planned for production. The finalists in this category included the Infiniti Q30, the Infiniti Q50, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, and the VW Passat.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG took the honor of 2014 Production Preview Vehicle of the Year. "What's small, fun and can't get here soon enough? . . . The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG," said juror BJ Killeen. "While it's still in concept form, this baby beast will turn every mild-mannered suburban mom into a stoplight drag racer, just because she can."

MarkPhelan-ClayDean-TomKelley-CadillacElmirajThe Concept Vehicle category recognizes long-range prototypes designed to measure market reaction to future features and models. The finalists in this category were the Cadillac Elmiraj, the Mercedes Benz GT6, the Nissan Blade, and the Toyota FT-1.

Marking its ninth competition as a category finalist, and the brand's fourth visit to the awards podium, Cadillac takes the 2014 Concept Vehicle of the Year award with its Elmiraj Concept. "The Cadillac Elmiraj is a reminder of when concept cars were dream cars," said juror Dan Carney. "It's the kind of statement vehicle Cadillac needs."

From amongst the winners in the Concept Vehicle and Production Preview categories, the Cadillac Elmiraj posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2014.