Vehicles Honored for Impact on NA Marketplace
While most stops on the North American auto-show circuit provide their own prizes for “best concept vehicle,” there’s also a recognition program for the best of the best: The North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, now in their 12th year. Winners are selected by a panel of North American automotive journalists and are based on factors like vehicle design and engineering, but the judges also take into account the entries’ specific impact on the North American marketplace.
The 2013 winners included:
From that trio, the highest-scoring category winner also is named “Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year,” and this year, that honor went to the Hyundai HCD-14.
“Hyundai’s California Design Center has been turning out some impressive work, and I think the HCD-14 is one of their best,” said Chris Poole, juror and editor-at-large for the Chicago-based Consumer Guide Auto. “The ultra-clean coupe-like styling has both flair and presence, and I like the grille; it reminds me of certain early Ferraris. The interior is wild, but I applaud the lack of a center stack—provided Hyundai has figured out new controls that are at least as user-friendly. If the next production Genesis is anything like this stunner, I say, bring it on!”