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2013 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award Winners Announced

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The twelfth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winners were announced earlier this week. The awards recognize concept vehicles most likely to affect change in the automobile industry. The selection process involved a total of 23 vehicles that were previously introduced to North America during this season's (2012-2013) auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York. More than two dozen jurors collectively selected the winners in three categories: Production Preview Vehicles, Concept Cars, and Concept Trucks.

The Production Preview Vehicle category is for vehicles based on a model that has already been announced or planned for production. This category’s finalists included the Acura NSX, the BMW i8 Spyder, the Subaru WRX STI, and Tesla's Model X. The BMW's i8 Spyder variant won the 2013 Production Preview Vehicle of the Year award. "BMW presents their open cockpit beauty, the i8 Spyder. It is plug-in, hybrid-ready reaching 20 miles on the electric charge. A supplemental gasoline engine rated at 220HP moves the Spyder for an additional 380 miles.," said juror Bob Kroupa. "Gull-wing doors add to the sizzle of this around-town two-seater concept vehicle."

The Concept Car category includes vehicles designed primarily for transporting passengers. This category’s finalists were the Honda EV-STER, Hyundai's HCD-14 Genesis and Veloster C3 Roll Top, and the Toyota Corolla Furia. The Hyundia HCD-14 Genesis took the 2013 Concept Car of the Year Award in Hyundai’s fourth year as a finalist. “The HCD-14 boldly inspires fear - in hearts of German and British luxury carmakers. We think it embodies the strength of German engineering with the bespoke sophistication embodied in older British and French classics,” said juror Thom Cannell. “Presented in full modernity, the car simply deserves to be built as a World Class world vehicle.”

The finalists in the Concept Truck category were the Ford Atlas, the Kia Cross GT, the Nissan Resonance, and the Volkswagen Cross Blue. The Ford Atlas concept won the 2013 award for Concept Truck of the Year award. This is the second win for Ford in this category and the brand’s ninth time as a finalist. Juror Mark Phelan stated, “The furor around the Atlas shows just how much interest there is in improving the efficiency of pickup trucks. That class of workhorse vehicles is in for major changes. The Atlas may be a harbinger of where the industry is headed.”

From amongst the winners in all three categories, the Hyundai's HCD-14 Genesis earned highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the 2013 Automotive Season.

Additional information and details regarding the nominees, the selection jury and the award winners can be found by visiting The Automotive Future on the web. And keep an eye out on AutoBuying101.com for news of when some of these awesome vehicles finally make it into production.