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.
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 visithttps://automediaregistry.org/presskit/#NACVOTY on the web.
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