• Jan 13th 2009 at 5:31PM
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Each year, the Detroit Auto Show plays host to the Eyes on Design Awards, where a group of judges descend into the bowels of Cobo Hall to pick their favorite vehicles from the show. The nominees are predictably divided into two categories: Design Excellence for a Concept Vehicle and Design Excellence for a Production Vehicle.

This year's ceremony was MC'd by our very own John McElroy from Autoline Detroit, with judging duties handled by BMW design head Chris Bangle, Harley-Davidson chief styling officer Willy G. Davidson, and transportation design chair at the College for Creative Studies Larry Erickson. The two winners for production vehicle were the Audi R8 5.2 FSI and the 2010 BMW Z4, while Audi Sportback and Cadillac Converj took home the best concept awards. Check out all four vehicles in the galleries below and let the judges know your own picks in the comments.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I would have thought that VW's BlueSport would win an award. =( That thing is a beauty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sell a car that your customers don't have to replace for 100 years.

      Great idea, GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the BMW, so I don't mind that he picked a very handsome car. I like the Audi's too, and that Cadillac is quite fierce. I'm a fan of all these picks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My favorite is the Cadillac Converj. I think the Chrysler 200C deserves some kudos,...it's a great looking car and it's about time Chrysler showed up with something worth seeing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW is the winner
      • 6 Years Ago

      My own personal fave: FISKER CONVERTIBLE hnads down!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like both Audis but I would have to pick the Z4. I love the long hood and short deck. The Cadillac is my least favorite by far not because it's ugly, or because it's a GM car and not an import. I feel as if I have seen Cadillac show this car for the past few years. It not that different in terms of style from the Evoq, Prevouqe, Cien, Sixteen an so on. I just feel there is no point to a concept car if it does not forshadow a future direction of style. The Mustang, Accord and other previous concepts all gave a hint that the current style was changing. It appears Cadillac is keeping the "art and science" design which is fine but does GM really need to blow money on a concept to tell us? I would rather see a new Impala or Pontiac G6 concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      audi represent! :D

      ... but i must say i personally am not such a huge fan of the A7 design. i think it'll look better as a production vehicle, the concept just looks a bit too much like a cartoon animal character or something. the caddy i do like a lot tho...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I tend to lean toward German design, the Caddy gets my heart racing toward the lust factor. That car would look seriously good running down the road - providing of course GM doesn't change a thing.

      Knowing they will, however, and with the choice limited to these four units; BMW gets the nod. They totally transformed the vehicle into something respectable with fluid design throughout.

      The Audi R8, even with its new powerplant and styling transcends been there, done that. Their Sportback needs a redesigned back - not sure what's going on there.

      Bimmer. Vote submitted.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Caddy, but the Audi Sportback is incredible! Audi seems to do no wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Enough about Chris Bangle....the Cadillac concept was looking pretty good i though
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well done, Audi.
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