The influential auto industry publication Car Design News has named the Maserati Alfieri and Citroën C4 Cactus as the concept and production Car Designs of the Year, respectively.
The judging panel for the awards comprised a global cross-section of 15 professional designers, including 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 the concept category, the Alfieri took top honours ahead of the Peugeot Exalt and Audi Prologue, in that order. On the production side, the Cactus beat out the Mercedes-AMG GT and Renault Espace, respectively.
To determie the 2014 Concept Car and Production Car Designs of the Year, the judges each selected their top three concepts and production cars from a total of 24 contenders – 12 of each type. The final rankings were determined by accumulating those votes.
The awards were announced at Car Design Night Geneva, organized by Car Design News, which took place on the evening of the first press day of the Geneva Motor Show.
All the award contenders are featured 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.