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One bit of news we passed over on the way out the door of COBO Hall on Tuesday was the winners of this year's EyesOn Design Awards at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. There are four awards given away each year, including Best Concept and Production Car and Best Concept and Production Truck. Cadillac sweeped the car side of things with the CTS-V being honored as Best Production Car and the CTS Coupe Concept named as the Best Concept Car. The BMW X6, meanwhile, was named Best Production Truck and the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept nabbed the Best Concept Truck award.

The EyesOn Design awards are sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Opthamology and judged by a panel of automotive designers including ex-VP of Design for GM Wayne Cherry, Chrysler's Senior VP of Design Trevor Creed, the renowned Henrik Fisker, GM's VP of Global Design Ed Welburn and Mazda's Franz von Holzhausen.

More after the jump.

[Source: The Detroit Free Press]






While we won't argue the panel's choice of two Cadillacs for its production and concept car awards, we're befuddled about how a group of world-class designers would choose the Chrysler ecoVoyager as the Best Concept Truck ahead of other concepts in attendance including the Toyota A-BAT Concept, Cadillac Provoq Concept, Ford Explorer America Concept, Honda Pilot Prototype, Lincoln MKT Concept and Saab 9-4X Biopower Concept. You already know our feelings on Chrysler's trio of concepts that debuted in Detroit, which include the ecoVoyager Concept, and while we aren't making the argument that all of the aforementioned truck concepts are prettier than the ecoVoyager, we can pick out at least four that we prefer more.

As for the BMW X6 winning Best Production Truck ahead of both the big dogs from Ford and Dodge, keep in mind these vehicles were being judged on their design alone, and we can see how the X6 could be considered by a group of designers as more visually interesting than the new F-150 and Ram.

Do you think the EyesOn Design honors were awarded correctly? Let us know in the comments, and you can peruse a list of all the vehicles at the show here for a refresher.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If a group of opthamologists actually approved the judges' selection of the BMW X6 as Best Production Truck, I want to know who they are so I never go into their offices for an eye exam.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That coupe is one amazing car. I hope they don't ruin it when it goes into production.

      How empty & shallow does one's existence have to be where the only contribution into a topic is one's criticism of a blogger's grammer. Don't you just hate that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not trying to be a smart a** but it's grammar and not "grammer". :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the Cadillac coupe is a great step forward. And yes I believe it is a fastback... Remeber those from the late 70s and 80s.

      As for comparing this to the C-Class coupe/hatch is not a comparison. the Merc coupe was ugly and that's why people didn't buy it.

      I'm sure in production the rear quarters will be tone down a bit. It will be a hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That C pillar rear quarter is all 2003-2007 Honda Accord Coupe.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Yea on those round things that keep it off the ground are a total rip off as well.

        :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that first gallery correct? It's supposed to be the CTS Coupe right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This reminds me a little of the Aussie Falcon from Mad Max, and a little of the old AMX from AMC.

      D'oh
      • 7 Years Ago
      Though, it's nice to see a coupe version of CTS, the design is not all that it's cracked up to be. What's with all the praise for the design? Nothing totally unique and different, just a bunch of styling cues taken from different cars (which all carmakers do, don't get me wrong, but what's all the praise about?).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The BMW X6, meanwhile, was named Best Production Truck and the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept nabbed the Best Concept Truck award."

      I see the term 'truck' is thrown around VERY loosely these days... Neither of those should be mistaken for a truck, especially the ecovoyager.

      As for the Caddy I think it looks great, heck I'd prefer it to be a hatchback with that body; fast, sexy, and the trunk wouldn't be completely useless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You're confusing the rear of the coupe for a hatchback........it's not it's a fastback. Big difference!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool G35 concept, Cadillac.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I have to say only one word "outstanding".

      www.cars-4tuning.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Zane
      It doesn't seem like you have to try at all. Being a "smart ass" seems to come naturally for you.
      You must be the "smartest" guy to ever work at Starbucks.
      BTW, I take my Caramel Macchiato sweet. Would you add three sugars in it, thanks.
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