EyesOn Design Awards for Design Excellence for 2015 were revealed today at the North American International Auto Show. The awards honor the most significant automotive designs revealed at NAIAS as determined by the North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers, along with academic chairs of transportation design programs and design leaders from other fields.

Best Designed Production Vehicle sponsored by Lacks Wheel Trim Systems

Winner: Ford GT

Finalists: Acura NSX, Ford GT, Mercedes Benz GLE Class Coupe

Judges cited the winner as "capturing the original GT40 in a modern interpretation...and the optimism it showcases for both the Ford brand and the industry."

Best Designed Concept Vehicle sponsored by Dassault Systemes

Winner:  Buick Avenir

Finalists: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Buick Avenir, Mercedes Benz F015

Judges cited the Avenir as "something special that you could tell designers really liked doing...it represents presence, elegance, sportiness all rolled into one."


Innovative Use of Color, Graphics & Materials sponsored by Axalta

Winner: Buick Avenir

Finalists: Audi Q7, Buick Avenir, Mercedes Benz F015, VW Cross Coupe GLE

Judges cited its "attention to detail...the way its materials worked together...its understated elegance which was true to the brand."



Finalists: Audi Q7, Buick Avenir, Infiniti Q60

Judges cited its "beautiful theme...wonderful fit and finish...great ergonomics and use of materials."





And finally, the 2015 Catalyst Award was presented to automotive veteran Robert Lutz. Lutz, who has held top executive positions at BMW, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, retired as vice chairman from GM in 2010. Currently, he is a senior advisor at Katzkin Leather Interiors and a partner with Gilbert Villarreal in VL Productions. He was selected to receive the award by Patrick le Quement, the former senior vice president of corporate design at Renault, and the 2015 recipient of the EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award.

Patrick le Quement will receive his Lifetime Design Achievement Award at a black tie gala event on Friday, June 19, prior to the June 21 EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition which will be held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI.

For additional information, visit the EyesOn Design website, or contact Judi Dara at (313) 824-4710. Sponsorship information, contact Cyndy Doherty at (313) 515-9050. Media inquiries, contact Kathy Lightbody at (313) 587-6677.

photo credit: DW3 Photography

Thank you to the EyesOn Design at NAIAS sponsors: Axalta Coating Systems; Dassault Systemes; Lacks Wheel Trim Systems; ABC Group, Inc.; Mobis; Harman; Katzkin; SRG Global, Inc.; Ultrasuede; Michelin North America; Johnson Controls; Brophy Marketing Services; Car Design News; Dynasty Media Network; DW3 Photography