And The Winners Of The EyesOn Design Awards At The 2017 Detroit Show Are…

The North American Car of the Year isn’t the only award handed out at the Detroit Auto Show every year. A combined jury of aesthetes also names the winners of the EyesOn Design Award. And this year’s results are in.

The jury awards eight prizes, but you might consider four of them to be the most sought-after: the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence awarded for the best-designed concept car, production car, concept truck, and production truck.

This year, the top prizes went to the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept car, the 2018 Kia Stinger, the Volkswagen ID Buzz concept van (in the truck category), and the Chevy Traverse crossover.

The Nissan concept was further decorated for its innovative use of color, graphics, and materials. The Lexus LS was singled out for the best interior design. The new BMW 5 Series won for the best-designed user experience, and longtime Ford designer John Reinhardt was recognized with the Designer Catalyst Award.

The prizes were awarded by an international panel of designers, including Toyota’s Kevin Hunter, Acura‘s Dave Marek, GM’s Michael Simcoe, and Ford’s Jack Telnack as chief judges. Another three dozen judges support them, bolstered by several dozen more docents.

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  • Six_Tymes

    All picks I agree they look fantastic. Great work! Congrats!!!

  • Kash

    The Nissan reminds me of a refreshed version of the Sport Sedan concept. Not that it wasn’t a nice thing to look at, it would just be nicer to see something new.

    • MultiKdizzle

      I don’t see much resemblance between the two, beyond the grille.

  • Mr E Fella

    I dont understand the appeal in the stinger, its a design that was already getting old 6 years ago. and the tail end doesnt suit the rest of the car at all

    • Bash

      talk to the five

    • kello3000

      Have to agree with this. The front end is nice, and for a Kia it kinda looks OK but overall it’s just mashup of different ideas, not a coherent whole.

      And about that tail, people (me inlcuded) hate the fat ass on the GT BMW’s so why is it suddenly OK when Kia does it?

  • Finkployd

    I don’t get it; the Vmotion 2.0 looks like Nissan made a concept version of the Maxima that’s already in production … isn’t it supposed to be the other way around ?

    And regarding VW’s concept van; it has to be it’s twelfth iteration or something; I am surprised people still pay any attention to it

  • john1168

    DAMN RIGHT the Stinger won! I like that Nissan concept too. I like the Traverse but was there nothing better in the SUV department?

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