Polestar Precept wins three EyesOn Design Awards; NACTOY semifinalists announced at Motor Bella

J.P. Canton accepted three EyesOn Design awards for the Polestar Precept concept. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

Pontiac, Mich.  — The Polestar Precept electric concept car swept three out of the five EyesOn Design Awards at Motor Bella. In addition, the semifinalists were announced for the 2022 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards at the first-ever outdoor auto show at M1 Concourse. 

Each year, the EyesOn Design Awards are presented at the North American International Auto Show. While there was no NAIAS in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the same team that puts on that event produced Motor Bella this year in Pontiac, Mich. Therefore, judges considered vehicles that debuted in both 2020 and 2021.

“Today’s awards are really an inside look at the top designers who think and plan as to what we’re going to do in the future and how we’re going to succeed in all of this change,” said emcee John McElroy, host of Autoline. “The judges are leaders within the automotive world who everyday are looking at how to adapt to the new normal. They are car design legends who have succeeded in previous levels of change.”

The 2021 EyesOn Design Awards were presented to: 

  • EyesOnDesign Award for Best Concept Vehicle: Polestar Precept
  • EyesOn Design Award for Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials: Polestar Precept
  • EyesOn Design Award for Best Designed Interior: Polestar Precept
  • EyesOn Design Award for Best Production Vehicle: Ford Bronco
  • EyesOn Design M1 Concourse Design of Significance Award: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Steven Wolfe) -and- 1974 BMW 3.0CS (Bruce Garretson)

Each year, an esteemed panel of design heads from automotive manufacturers and transportation design chairs from the top art schools judge these vehicles in Detroit.

For more information about the EyesOn Design Awards, visit www.eyesondesign.org.

Video by Jason Rzucidlo / AmericaJR

Also on the first press day of Motor Bella, the semifinalists were announced for the 2022 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards. There are 23 new vehicles that made the list of semifinalists out of a total of 36 eligible cars, trucks and utility vehicles.

“To be on the list, vehicles have to be either all-new, or in some rare cases, very substantially new, not just freshened or updates and they have to be on sale in this calendar year,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “Lucid and Rivian are among several that we have not yet driven. They are not out there yet or if they are, I’m not aware if any of us have driven them. We’re voting pretty much on expectations.”

Here is the full list of 2022 NACTOY Semifinalists:

North American Car of the Year™

  • Audi A3
  • Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
  • Genesis G70
  • Honda Civic
  • Lucid Air
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Volkswagen Golf Mk VIII (Golf R/Golf GTI)

North American Truck of the Year™

  • Ford Maverick
  • Hyundai Santa Cruz
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Rivian R1T
  • Toyota Tundra

North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™

  • Ford Bronco
  • Genesis GV70
  • Hyundai IONIQ 5
  • Hyundai Tucson (HEV/ICE/PHEV)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee (ICE, PHEV, L)
  • Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer
  • Kia Carnival
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • VW ID.4

Next up: Jurors will compare the remaining 23 vehicles from Oct. 18-21. Then, they will announce the finalists at the LA Auto Show on November 17. Finally, the winners will be revealed during a special event in Detroit in January.

“There’s pressure, regulatory and public in some cases, for OEMs to build and sell more pure electrics, not just plug-in hybrids and so on,” Witzenburg added. “The industry is responding to that. As we know, many of them have said, we’ll be all-electric by this year or that year. It remains to be seen if the demand will be there for the supply. OEMs are putting a lot of an awful lot of money and energy into being there and being ahead of the market really.”

For more info about the NACTOY Awards, visit https://northamericancaroftheyear.org/

Video by Jason Rzucidlo / AmericaJR

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