Ford Mustang And Volvo XC Coupe Concept Win Design Awards
By PHIL PATTON
The Ford Mustang and Volvo Concept XC Coupe won the annual Eyes on Design awards presented at the Detroit auto show.
The Ford Mustang was named best production vehicle, while Volvo won for best concept vehicle and won another award, new for this year, for innovative use of color, graphics and materials.
The concept represents a reboot of Volvo style by the company’s design chief, Thomas Ingenlath.
The Design Catalyst Award for lifetime work was presented to Hartmut Warkuss, the former design head of Volkswagen. Mr. Warkuss supervised Audi and VW during a career that ran from 1973 to 2003.
His tenure saw the introduction of the landmark Audi 80 and 100 and the fourth-generation Volkswagen Golf and Polo. He was a mentor to the designers J Mays, Freeman Thomas and Peter Schreyer, who together produced the VW Concept One that became the New Beetle and the Audi TT Concept.
In a media release from the group, Mr. Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai, said that Mr. Warkuss had guided his career.
“I learned a lot from him about car design and how to get a feeling for a brand,” Mr. Schreyer said. “He knew how to develop talent, and many successful designers came out of his era.”
From NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/