Sign in to follow this  
NINETY EIGHT REGENCY

Electrics, hybrids grab Concept Vehicle Awards

1 post in this topic

Electrics, hybrids grab Concept Vehicle Awards

Detroit automakers shut out for 1st time after limiting prototypes

BY MARK PHELAN

FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

Electric vehicles and hybrids swept the 2010 North American Concept Vehicle Awards. The Nissan Leaf, Audi E-tron and BMW Vision EfficientDynamics won the awards, which recognized the most significant concept vehicles automakers introduced at the top auto shows in North America.

The 2010 awards also mark the first time no U.S.-based automakers won any of the awards. Chrysler and General Motors cut back sharply on the number of concept vehicles they created as they went through bankruptcy reorganization last year.

The global economic meltdown led automakers all over the world to create fewer concepts in 2009, leading the jury to reduce the number of awards from five to three.

The Nissan Leaf was named the best production preview concept, the award for vehicles that are very close to a model the automaker will produce.

The battery-powered Leaf impressed jurors because it's the first all-electric vehicle that will be produced in relatively high numbers and sold at a mass-market price. The Leaf is to go on sale in the U.S. in December.

"The Leaf is not visually radical, but practical," said juror Michael Bettencourt.

Other finalists for best production preview concept were the Buick Regal GS, Cadillac XTS Platinum and Chevrolet Aveo RS.

The Audi E-tron and BMW Vision EfficientDynamics tied for most significant concept, an award for more far-out vehicles that break new ground.

The E-tron builds on the looks of Audi's R8 sports car and uses two electric motors. The concept has a separate electric motor for each of its rear wheels for power and handling.

"The Audi E-tron pushes the compact styling window with a futuristic front body style and a unique grille -- unmistakably Audi," said juror Bob Kroupa.

BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics combines swoopy styling with plug-in hybrid technology and a three-cylinder diesel engine that provide 0-62 m.p.h. acceleration of 4.8 seconds and 63-m.p.g. fuel economy.

"BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics promises that a future filled with hybrids and EVs does not have to be drab," said juror Ryan Gehm.

The other finalists for best concept vehicle were the Infiniti Essence Hybrid Coupe and the Kia Ray.

link:

http://www.freep.com/article/20100622/COL14/6220349/1210/BUSINESS01/Electrics-hybrids-grab-Concept-Vehicle-Awards

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoticons maximum are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this