Maserati Alfieri and Citroën C4 Cactus named Car Designs of the Year; Giorgetto Giugiaro honoured with lifetime achievement award

Geneva 4 March 2015 Car Design News has named the Maserati Alfieri and Citroën C4 Cactus as the Car Designs of the Year. A judging panel comprising some of the automotive industry’s top designers selected the Alfieri and Cactus as the best-designed concept and production models to be launched in 2014.

In the concept category, the Alfieri took the honours ahead of the Peugeot Exalt and Audi Prologue, which were voted in second and third place respectively, while the Cactus took the production award ahead of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Renault Espace.

Car Design of the Year

The Car Design News awards are unique in that our judging panel is made up of a truly global cross-section of 15 professional designers. This year’s judges included Gorden Wagener, VP design at Mercedes-Benz, Ian Callum, VP design at Jaguar, Laurens van den Acker, VP design for Renault, Steve Mattin, design director at Lada and Mark Adams, VP design for Opel.

In order to select the 2014 Concept Car of the Year and Production Car of the Year, judges named their top three concepts and production cars from 24 contenders – 12 concept cars and 12 production vehicles – then the votes were counted and the winner revealed.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, Car Design News also honours a designer who as made a particularly significant contribution to car design over the course of their career. This year, the Lifetime Achievement award went to Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, who has left an indelible mark on the automotive industry since he first joined Fiat back in 1955. After forming his own company in 1968, Italdesign Giugiaro has gone on to design over 200 models worldwide.

Car Design Night

The awards were announced at the prestigious Car Design Night Geneva, which is also organised by Car Design News and took place on the evening of the first press day of the Geneva Motor Show. Car Design Night events are also held at the Shanghai/Beijing and LA motor shows and have become must-attend events for professional designers.

Car Design Review 2

All the award contenders feature in the second Car Design Review yearbook – a 184-page hardback book that takes an analytical look back at the past year of car design. In addition to in-depth interviews with all of our judges, the book also collates the major interior and exterior design trends of the year, summarizes which designers took new roles in 2014, and details the top student work of the past 12 months. Car Design Review 2 was launched at Car Design Night Geneva in front of many of the top designers who feature within its pages.

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