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Top auto designers choose best new designs for 2019

Seven leading designers create shortlist for 2019 World Car Design of the Year

Published: February 21, 2019, 9:25 AM
Updated: March 2, 2019, 3:23 AM

Jaguar E-Pace - The Jaguar E-Pace is one of five finalists for the 2019 World Car of the Year, as chosen by a panel of seven renowned automotive designers.

The winner of the 2019 World Car Design of the Year award will be announced at the opening ceremonies for the 2019 New York International Auto Show on April 17, 2019, along with the winners of five other World Car Awards.

The design award is much more than just a popularity contest for behind it are the opinions of seven distinguished automotive designers from around the world. Before the program’s jury of 86 international automotive journalists voted on the winner, that panel of designers established a shortlist of the five cars they considered worthy to be on the final ballot.

The panel comprises a who’s who of automotive design, in alphabetical order:

Anne Asensio – France – Vice-President, Design, Dassault Systemes; formerly Executive Director of Advanced Design at General Motors and head of mid-sized vehicle design at Renault.
Gernot Bracht – Germany – Pforzheim Design School.
Patrick le Quément – France – Designer and President of the Strategy Committee, The Sustainable Design School; formerly Senior Vice President of Quality and Corporate Design, Renault.
Sam Livingstone – U.K. – Car Design Research and Royal College of Art; consultant to Audi, SAIC, Volvo, Toyota, BMW and Hyundai.
Tom Matano – USA – School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco; formerly Chief Designer, Mazda North American Operations.
Gordon Murray – U.K. – Gordon Murray Design; formerly head of design at McLaren Cars
Shiro Nakamura –Japan – CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.; formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Design, Nissan Motor Company.

While not all seven designers chose the same five cars, there was a clear consensus of their top choices. Perhaps surprisingly, there’s not an exotic car among them, although such popular beauties as the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW i8 Roadster and McLaren 720S were among the eligible contenders. In fact, all five are utility vehicles!

The five finalists chosen by the design panel for the jurors’ final vote are:

Citroen C5 Aircross

Jaguar E Pace

Jaguar I PACE

Suzuki Jimny

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

Suzuki Jimny - The Suzuki Jimny is one of five finalists for the 2019 World Car of the Year, as chosen by a panel of seven renowned automotive designers.

Jaguar I-Pace - The Jaguar I-Pace is one of five finalists for the 2019 World Car of the Year, as chosen by a panel of seven renowned automotive designers.

Jaguar E-Pace - The Jaguar E-Pace is one of five finalists for the 2019 World Car of the Year, as chosen by a panel of seven renowned automotive designers.

Citroen C5 Aircross - The Citroen C5 Aircross is one of five finalists for the 2019 World Car of the Year, as chosen by a panel of seven renowned automotive designers.

The 'Top Three in the World', from this group of five, will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6. We'll let you know which of those three takes home the laurels from New York on April 17.