Concept Cars of the Year Announced
While there is an array of automotive awards given out for everything from the most pet-friendly vehicle to the kind-of-car-you-would-most-like-to-buy if-you-were-as-rich-as-Bill Gates (slight exaggeration. Slight), given our participation on the jury of one award that at the very least ought to be of interest to those of you who are interested in design, we figured we’d bring it to your attention.
The 2014 North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were recently presented. There are two categories, Production Preview Vehicle (a model already announced or planned for production) and the Concept Vehicle (which is, well, a concept).
The winner of the Product Preview Vehicle (selected from a group of finalists that included the Infiniti Q30 , Infiniti Q50, and the VW Passat) is the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG.
The winner of the Concept Vehicle (selected from a group of finalists consisting of the Mercedes Benz GT6, Nissan Blade, and Toyota FT-1) is the Cadillac Elmiraj.
The Elmiraj did so well in the balloting (the jury consists of 27 people from the U.S. and Canada who have more of a passing interest in and knowledge of cars) that it beat all others so that it also took the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2014 trophy, as well.
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