PLYMOUTH, MI, July 30, 2017 / – The winners of the sixteenth 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 24 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 Infiniti QX50, Jaguar I-Pace, Subaru Ascent, Volkswagen Passat GT.
Marking the brand's fourth time as a category finalist, and third time as category winner, Jaguar took the honor of 2017 Production Preview Concept of the Year with its I-Pace 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 Aston Martin RB 001 Valkyrie, Cadillac Escala, Chrysler Portal, Nissan V-motion 2.0.
Earning its third time as category finalist, and marking the brand's first visit to the awards podium, Aston Martin earned the 2017 Concept Car of the Year award with its RB 001 Valkyrie Concept.
The Concept Truck category recognizes those concepts where cargo carrying is a significant design consideration. The finalists in this category were the Genesis GV80, Lincoln Navigator, Toyota FT-4X, Volkswagen I.D. Buzz.
In a rare occurrence, this year there was a tie for the Concept Truck of the Year, between the Genesis GV80, and the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz. These awards mark the Genesis brand's second time as a category finalist, and first time as a category winner; and for the Volkswagen brand, the ninth time as a category finalist, and fourth time as a category winner
From among the winners in the Concept Car, Concept Truck and Production Preview Concept categories, the Jaguar I-Pace posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2017. This award marks the Jaguar brand's second time taking the Most Significant award.
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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