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GENEVA, Switzerland – The Mazda Vision coupe has won “Concept Car of the Year” at the 11th annual Car Design Night Geneva at the March 2018 Geneva auto show.
A panel of 18 judges who selected the car included several individuals currently serving as design directors at global automakers. It’s another honour for Mazda’s stunning concept, also named “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” in Paris at the 2018 Festival Automobile International.
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s managing executive in charge of design and brand style, told Carman’s Corner: “After the Paris award, we are delighted to have the Vision Coupe recognised with a global design prize – it’s a true honour.
”The car is intended to express the essence of Japanese aesthetics and has been applauded by some of the world’s top automobile designers. Its essence will re-appear in the next generation of Mazda cars, the first of which is due to be launched in 2019.”
The Vision was first shown in Tokyo in 2017 when it was described as ”the next phase of Mazda’s ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design which evolved in pursuit of an essential Japanese aesthetic. Its flowing and deceptively simple “one motion” form speaks of elegance and quality”.
Car Design Night Geneva is held every year to coincide with the Geneva show and is hosted by Car Design News.