25th International Automotive Media Competition
- 25th IAMC Preliminary Release
- 25th IAMC Winner List
- IAMC Lifetime Achievement Award - Release
- 25th IAMC Sponsors
- IAMC Backgrounder - Release
25th International Automotive Media Competition Winners Recognized
PLYMOUTH, MI, July 31, 2016 / – Awards for the 25th 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, 2015, judges deemed 138 entries worthy of special distinction, with 40 receiving Gold Medallion awards, 52 receiving Silver Medallions, and 46 receiving Bronze Medallions.
Entries often reach the pinnacle of competition by offering exhaustive and intricate detail, . . . but occasionally, the true genius of an entry is in its simplicity and true artistry; knowing when to offer just a taste, and when to overwhelm the senses. Any less would have been too little, and even a tiny bit more would have been too much. The entry recognized as the Best of 2015 has met that test, and found the exact point of perfection.
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 2015 being chosen from the Best of Division awardees.
A list of all the winning entries can be found here.
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Veteran Auto Journalist Tony Swan Honored With
IAMC Lifetime Achievement Award
PLYMOUTH, MI, July 31, 2016 / – Considered by many to be "The Dean" of Motor City Auto Writers, industry veteran Tony Swan 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.
This individual has made a substantial contribution to the craft for a period of 25 or more years. The Award is determined with help from a large number 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 16th recipient of the award, Tony Swan 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, and Brock Yates.
Tony's lifelong obsession with all things automotive began at the dawn of the big V8 era in the nineteen-fifties. While learning how to drive in his family's battle-weary 1948 Dodge, he was well and truly bitten by the "car bug."
After serving in the military and attending the University of Minnesota, Tony began his automotive journalism career covering motorsports for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, before spending several decades writing for most of the auto industry's top publications, including: AutoWeek (then known as Competition Press), Motor Trend, Cycle World, Popular Mechanics, and Car and Driver. He is also the former Detroit Free Press auto critic, has an extensive list of freelance credits, and has won several writing awards, including the Ken Purdy Award.
When not at his keyboard writing, Tony has been an active competitor in multiple motorsports series, with three Sports Car Club of America regional championships, and participation in 36 24-hour races to his credit. Tony also serves as a judge at numerous car shows, including the Concours at Boca Raton, Pinehurst and St. John's.
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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. The IAMC™ is administered, produced by and is a property of The International Society for Vehicle Preservation, ©2016 all rights reserved. ISVP™ is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization. IAMC and the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA) are the property of ISVP™.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. For 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
704-599-0570 (Eastern Time)
- 2016 Concept Awards Release
- North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards Background - Release
- Concept Vehicle Awards Jury - Link
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.
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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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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