This year's annual Eyes on Design awards were presented at the end of press days for the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday. Given out for the best production and concept car designs that debuted at the show, and voted on by an esteemed panel of actual car designers, this year's award for best production vehicle design went to the 2014 Cadillac ELR. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, which was the show favorite among Autoblog editors, apparently did not impress the Eyes on Design judges enough with its all-new vent-festooned design.

The award for best concept design was actually split as a tie among the Nissan Resonance and Ford Atlas concepts. Last year's winners were the 2013 Ford Fusion and the Lexus LF-LC concept.

The Eyes on Design organization also presented a new honor this year called the Catalyst Award to Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors. Lutz is reported to have given a defense of design in his acceptance speech, arguing that advancements in quality across the industry as a whole have made good design a key differentiator for buyers.


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      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Corvette was nice, but the ELR - that was a home fun - looks great from every angle, has the Volt drivetrain, great interior - unless the price is whack, that car might end up being a classic in the future - I just hope the price is right on it. I can't imagine the Atlas will get much love here.... :D
      AntBee
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The award for best concept design was actually split as a tie among the Nissan Resonance and Ford Atlas concepts." Shouldn't that read, "The award for best concept design was actually split as a tie between the Nissan Resonance and Ford Atlas concepts."
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ELR should have been the Volt in the first place. I had always thought that if you are going to do a low-volume, innovation-car with high capital costs, introduce it as a premium version and then "filter it down." You are not going to get volume, so this approach lets you 1. capitalize the costs faster, 2. exploit the innovation for the benefit of your exisiting innovation/luxury, 3. allow you to sell cheaper derivative models at a higher premium as you have established the image of the product. And it doesn't cost more to make a car look good instead of making it ugly. Maybe GM made the Volt so nasty-looking so that the ELR would make a bigger splash. If the ELR had a 2.0T/hybrid system, it would be a better car for me. But for the purpose of being a halo, this ultra-efficient powertrain, with the design, makes it better.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where are all the Nissan haters now, sometimes it takes time for a new design language to mature. All the choices are great. The Atlas despite being a concept looks production ready, it's the right balance of future design but still retains a classic rugged truck flavor to it. The ELR just oozes style and class, a real statement vehicle in Cadillac fashion, awesome car.
      kikivette
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't go to show but I can say from these pics the ELR looks cool. There's nothing like a caddie drive/ride very smooth & comfy. But dissapointed in new Vette style. Seems like all the cars these days are very similar, body styles on each car have only small difference's. Too bad that manufacturers can't design own styles instead of somewhat copying one another. ;)
      Hoale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see whats so special about the ELR design. Its got that classic rakish prototype sketch look which is somewhat similar in style to the Toyota Furia concept.
      David Donovan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volt > ELR.
        A_Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Donovan
        In terms of pricing, you are probably right; but after that you'd have a hard time convincing me on that one. :)
      Ivan Ivanovich Renko
      The Atlas looks awesome in the details... but from ten meters away it's still an F-150.
        John Ward
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ivan Ivanovich Renko
        It looks exactly like the current generation except for the concept like details.
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ivan Ivanovich Renko
        Agree, I'm a big F150 fan but the Atlas didn't deserve any design awards. It looks like a mildly resculpted F150 with show-car-y details hung on it. It's attractive but not significant.
      Toneron
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would stick a needle in my eye before buying a Volt but if that ELR had a LT1 I would mortgage my house for one.
      JC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cadillac ELR is beautiful, now the new vette - a very messy disjointed design - is going to appeal to the typical vette buyer, guys over 55, with tacky tastes, big bellies, white bushy beards reliving their youth now that they have money to buy a vette lol
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JC
        Corvettes are the perfect go fast sports car for young men, unfortunately most young men have to wait for a Vette to have around 60,000 miles on it before they can afford it... ;-)
      trzjax
      • 1 Year Ago
      Corvette is a cool looking car, but cool/badass = DOES NOT = beautiful/well designed.
      Spiffster
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ELR is my new favorite plugin... best looking inside and out, with the proven Voltec system. Hopefully the price will be right... not that Im going to buy one, we have our Volt, just waiting for a plugin SUV now. But if they price this under 50K, it should sell VERY well IMO.
        CaddyV8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spiffster
        The ELR will be mid to high 50s base, easily.
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