Kia and Nissan Win EyesOn Design Awards
Congratulations to both Kia and Nissan for receiving EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show in the categories of Production and Concept vehicles, respectively.
The Kia Stinger is a five-passenger sport performance sedan designed in the Kia studio in Europe. . .and the car is targeted to compete with European sedans in that segment.
Gregory Guillaume, chief designer, Kia Motors Europe, said of the vehicle, “A true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace.”
Yet the car has a long hood and a fastback that provides a sense of forward motion while standing still. That said, rather than having sharply creased sheet metal, the forms are soft and fluidic.
In the front there is the now-classic tiger-nose grille; around back there is a slight spoiler formed into the rear of the decklid and four exhausts in the lower valance.
The Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle is a sedan, as well, but in this case there are crisp character lines all around the car.
Whereas the Stinger has a massive C-pillar, the Vmotion 2.0 has a floating roof line. The clear roof of the Vmotion 2.0 continues the windshield and flows back to the backlight. According to Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Nissan Global Design Strategy, “Vmotion 2.0 offers a stunning look into the future of Nissan design—fresh and dynamic, yet cabin focused.”
What’s interesting about the execution is that while it is about the “future” of Nissan design, from the V-shape in the grille to the boomerang tail lamps, there are design cues that can be seen in production models like the Maxima, so this future is firmly planted with roots in the now.
EyesOn Design was established in 1987 with support from Jack Telnack of Ford, Chuck Jordan of GM and Tom Gale of Chrysler, three of the most legendary designers in this industry. This organization, which celebrates automotive design, works to raise money for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. More than $4-million has been raised for the DIO by this design-centric organization.
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