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The Ford GT was absolutely the start of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and it has proved that once again by taking the honor for Best Designed Production Vehicle in the annual EyesOn Design Awards. The Buick Avenir and Audi Q7 also received accolades.

Each year at the Detroit Auto Show, the top vehicle designs are recognized with the prestigious EyesOn Design award for production and concept vehicles. This year, the 32 EyesOn Design judges (comprised of current and former vehicle designers including Chrysler designer and SRT president Ralph Gilles, Kia designer Peter Schreyer and retired General Motors designer Wayne Cherry) handed out three awards for the Best Concept Vehicle, Best Production Vehicle and Innovative Use of Color, Graphics, an

Chris Bangle has been awarded the 2012 Lifetime Design Achievement Award by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology for his work in vehicle design. EyesOn Design calls on past award winners to vote for the yearly recipient, and this year's jurors included names like Walter de'Silva, Sergio Pininfarina and Jack Telnack among others. The jurors chose Bangle for his distinguished career that includes time with Opel, Fiat and, most notoriously, BMW. The designer famously redesigned the BMW 3 Series a

The Detroit auto show gets unbelievable international coverage from thousands of journalists, and they're all hoping to come out of the show with some kind of scoop. But with everyone attending the same press conferences and interviewing the same executives, that's practically impossible to do. And yet, this year they made it easy for me to get my own scoop, because most of the media ignored what may be the most important design awards in the industry.

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