Car Design Review 1 has best of 2013 in lavish print and debuts at Car Design Night Geneva

GENEVA 10 March 2014  Nissan’s IDx and BMW’s i3 have won the coveted Car Design of the Year award for 2013 cars in the concept and production categories respectively. They were selected by a panel of senior design directors and won over fierce competition from runners up Volvo Concept Coupe and Cadillac Elmiraj in the concept category, and Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Porsche 918 Spyder in the production category.

Car Design of the Year Awards
Twelve cars were shortlisted by the judges for each of the awards, including designs from the 2013 global output of Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Citroen, Ford, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Opel, Suzuki and VW among others.

The judging panel for the Design of the Year Awards included Ed Welburn, VP of global design at GM, Moray Callum, VP design at Ford, Laurens van den Acker, VP design for Renault, Gorden Wagener, VP design at Mercedes-Benz, Gert Hildebrand, head of design for newcomer Qoros, Steve Mattin, design director at Lada, Richard Chung, VP industrial design at Johnson Controls, and Sooshin Choi, professor at leading design school CCS.

Of the Nissan IDx the judges said: “The simplicity of the IDx's angular, three-box silhouettes is a large part of the uncomplicated, instant emotional connection to these cars, while the inspired level of customisation makes me want to build one just for me.”

Meanwhile the BMW i3 was described as: “The signal we were all waiting for: to settle us firmly in the twenty-first century. The BMW i3 is more than a car, it goes beyond its airy style. It’s a total 360-degree circle of design innovation: from shapes to instruments, we are discovering the pleasure of seamless mobility.”

Lifetime Achievement Award for Marcello Gandini
The awards also honoured the lifetime achievement of legendary Italian designer Marcello Gandini. His outstanding contribution to car design stretches back to the 1965 Lamborghini Miura, as well as its Countach and Diablo successors. His work also includes the Lancia Stratos Zero concept and the production Lancia Stratos HF, the Citroen BX, Fiat X1/9, BMW 5 Series, a series of Maseratis and the Renault Magnum truck amongst many others.

“This great man's career spans over 50 years and his work includes some of the most seminal, visionary designs of all time,” said Car Design News editor Owen Ready. “He has proved an inspiration to generations of car designers and his work continues to influence the industry today.”

In an exclusive video interview played as the awards were announced on 4 March, 2014 at Car Design Night Geneva, Gandini joked that in his focus on design “he forgot to have a career”, instead taking each project as it came. The video of Marcello Gandini is available at

His daughter Marzia accepted the award on behalf of this famously modest and private man.

Car Design Review 1 yearbook
The release of Car Design Review 1, which will become an annual publication, took place along with the announcement of the award winners at Car Design Night Geneva, an exclusive networking event for senior designers held at the end of the first day of this year's Auto Salon.

The shortlisted and winning cars are featured in lavish print format in a new 160-page publication from Car Design News, which was launched at the announcement of the awards.

The Car Design Review 1 book includes key design and industry trends from crossovers to the latest fabrics; a summary of the 25 most senior appointments of designers in a ‘who went where’ 2013 listing; the best of student design from the year’s various Car Design News competitions; extended interviews with each of the judges describing their personal choices of the top three concept and production cars of 2013; and a detailed profile of Marcello Gandini and his cars.

Individual or bulk copies are on sale now for the wider design community and can be purchased at

Car Design Review 1 has been published with the support of carmakers Avtovaz Lada, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, GM, Honda, Qoros and Renault; Tier 1 suppliers Johnson Controls, Lear and Visteon; and special suppliers of materials, software and services Bridge of Weir, Concept Group,  Dassault Systèmes, Dinamica, Elmo Leather, Form 3, Optic Group and Strähle+Hess. Complimentary copies of Car Design Review 1 are being mailed to design studios around the world thanks to support from sponsoring OEMs, tier suppliers and industry specialists.

Car Design News is the leading online resource for the global automotive design community.  It also publishes Interior Motives magazine, organises student design competitions both globally and regionally (in Europe, North America and China), holds an annual China design conference at the time of the Beijing/Shanghai auto show, and hosts Car Design Night networking evenings at selected major motor shows.

Images available for download here.


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