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26th International Automotive Media Competition

  • 26th IAMC Release
  • 26th IAMC Winners - List
  • IAMC Lifetime Achievement Award - Release
  • 26th IAMC Sponsors
  • IAMC Backgrounder - Release


26th International Automotive Media Competition Winners Recognized

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 30, 2017 / – Awards for the 26th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) were presented this morning during a ceremony held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

The IAMC program recognizes and encourages excellence in all forms of automotive media. From works published, aired, or broadcast January 1 - December 31, 2016, judges deemed over 150 entries worthy of special distinction.

The Best of 2016 Award went to the Video division entry of MotorWeek's "35th Anniversary Special" episide.

In their 35th anniversary special episode, host/series creator John Davis and the MotorWeek crew served up the inside scoop on how the show is produced, along with humorous outtakes, and the cars that truly made lasting impressions.

Having launched shortly after the nadir of the 1970’s American auto industry, MotorWeek, with its 35 years of regular coverage, and especially the anniversary episode, has captured an important visual record of one of the most exciting and turbulent times in the now-global automotive industry.

Judging for the IAMC is by peers, to a standard; entries may earn up to 100 points. The Medallion Awards -- Bronze (85-91 points), Silver (92-96 points) and Gold (97-100 points) -- are presented for those works so qualified. From among the highest-scoring (98-100 points) Gold Medallion winners are chosen the Best of Divisions, with Best of Year being chosen from the Best of Division awardees.

A list of all the winning entries can be found here.

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Auto Journalist Csaba Csere Honored With
IAMC Lifetime Achievement Award

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 30, 2017 / – Once named the “Car King” of American media by Newsweek Magazine, Csaba Csere was honored this morning with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC). The award was presented as part of a ceremony held at the Concours d'Elegance of America, at the Inn at St. John's, in Plymouth, Michigan.

The IAMC Lifetime Achievement Award is a peer-driven honor given to individuals who have demonstrated excellence, and lived with integrity. Their career serves as an example to those who might follow. Honorees have made a substantial contribution to the craft for a period of 25 or more years. The award recipient is selected with help from several members of the automotive media, working in a variety of disciplines. A nominating panel develops a ballot of qualified names, which are then voted upon.

As the 17th recipient of the award, Csere joins an exclusive group of the industry's top journalists. Past recipients of the award are: Jesse Alexander, Peter Brock, David E. Davis, John H. Davis, Jim Dunne, Chris Economaki, Jerry Flint, Ken Gross, Beverly Ray Kimes, Karl Ludvigsen, John Lamm, Pete Lyons, Leon Mandel, Denise McCluggage, Tony Swan, and Brock Yates.

Csaba’s interests and professional career have long been focused on the auto industry. After graduating from MIT in 1978 with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined Ford’s Advanced Engine Engineering Office, but soon determined that corporate life was not a good match, so he soon moved on to join Car and Driver Magazine as its Technical Editor in 1980. Csaba became editor-in-chief in 1993, concentrating on the integration of Car and Driver's TV, Internet, and radio efforts. Although he left the Car and Driver staff in 2008, he continues to have a relationship with the magazine as a contributing editor, and is also active as a consultant.

Along with his work for Car and Driver, Csaba has appeared as an authority on automotive issues in the United States Senate, as well as many national television and radio news programs.

Among the highlights of his career have been the opportunities to share first-person racing experiences ranging from off-road, to rallying, and countless road races - including over a dozen 24-hour events. Notable experiences include driving at over 200 MPH on numerous occasions, one involving an automotive backflip at 215 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, as well as reaching 253 MPH in the Bugatti Veyron.

Csaba's motoring pastimes include two wheels as well as four. He owns several motorcycles, and rides regularly. He also owns a 2016 Porsche 911, which he sometimes exercises at track day time trials. Beyond that, Csaba still participates in the occasional road race, most recently last weekend an endurance event at Autobahn Country Club, near Joliet, Illinois.

Csaba is semi-retired, and resides in Colorado, where he and his wife Mary have been since 2016, after residing many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have recently purchased a lot in Evergreen, west of Denver, about 6000 feet up in the Rockies, where they intend to build a new home.

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International Automotive Media Competition - Background

The International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), is a program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media. From 1984 to 1988, the National Automotive Journalism Association (predecessor to IAMC) conducted workshops and hosted Awards Ceremonies at Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On hiatus until 1996, the competition returned as the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) , still held at the Imperial Palace. Moving to the SEMA Show in 1999 and then to New York in 2002. Noting that only little more than 30% of award winners collected their honors in person, it was decided that no ceremony would be held in 2006 and awards were shipped direct to honorees.

In 2007, the IAMC combined with North American Concept Vehicle of the Year (NACVOTY) and both ceremonies were held at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. No IAMC ceremony was held in 2012, or 2013. It was 2014 when the IAMC administration passed to Tom Kelley. The ceremony was held again with NACVOTY at the Vinsetta Garage Restaurant in Berkley, Michigan. IN 2015, the IAMC and NACVOTY moved to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.



North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards

Contact: Tom Kelley

  • 2017 Concept Awards Release
  • North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards Background - Release
  • Concept Vehicle Awards Jury - Link


Jaguar I-Pace Takes Top Honors In
16th North American Concept Vehicle Awards

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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North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Award - Background

Founded in 2002, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognize those concept vehicles that have made the strongest impact in terms of automotive design, engineering and market responsiveness. Professional automotive journalists from throughout North America, representing dozens of outlets in virtually every media segment serve as volunteer jurors to select the award winners.

The awards are given to the best Production Preview Vehicle, Concept Car, Concept Truck, and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of each auto show season. To be eligible for the awards, a concept vehicle must make its North American debut during the current model year’s auto show season.

With the exception of those vehicles in the Production Preview category, qualified nominees must represent an advanced design and/or engineering concept, rather than being a show version of a current production model. Again, with the exception of the Production Preview category, the concept vehicles must not be intended for imminent production.

The Production Preview category recognizes those vehicles based on a model that has already been planned for production. The Concept Car segment is for those vehicles primarily intended for carrying passengers. The Concept Truck segment is for those vehicles where the user-configurable cargo volume and weight capacity are among the vehicle's primary attributes.

From among the winning vehicles in these categories, the vehicle with the highest total score is named the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year.

These awards are unique in that they are judged by a diverse panel of automotive journalists from throughout North America, and considered in the specific context of the North American market. By extending the review to the whole package – design, style, materials, technology, market viability and market responsiveness – and concentrating the focus on the market that the jurors know best, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards provide truly valuable feedback to help shape the future of the automotive industry.

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