The two-seater, rear-wheel-drive GT has an electric powertrain developed from Renault’s Formula E team. The Trezor is theoretically capable of a sub-four second 0-62mph time and offers three driving modes: normal, sport and fully autonomous. Although being a concept car, none of those claims are able to be validated.
Guy Bird, editor of Car Design Review, revealed that judges were impressed by the Trezor’s “dramatic exterior proportions, its interior flair and magnificent use of materials.”
Bird declared: “The Trezor is a triumph of creative design and a worthy winner.”
The Lexus LC luxury coupe is based on the 2012 LF-LC concept car which premiered at the Detroit Motor Show. Designed to rival the BMW 6 series, two versions of the LC are available: the LC500h, a hybrid using both a V6 petrol and electrical powertrain, and the LC500 with a V8 engine.
Commenting on Lexus’ win, Bird said: “It was great to see the fantastic LF-LC concept faithfully translated into the beautiful LC production car with so little compromise.”
The Lexus LC is set to go on sale in the UK in Spring 2017 with pricing and specification yet to be announced.
A judging panel of 20 top car designers chose the winners of the Car Design Awards from a shortlist of twelve compiled by Car Design News staff.
Panellists this year included representatives from Hyundai Motor Group, Nissan, Daimler and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The winner and runners-up for Concept Car Design of the Year:
1. Renault Trezor
2. Jaguar I-Pace
3. Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6
4. Opel GT
5. Citroen CXperience
6. Genesis New York
7. MINI Vision Next 100
8. Lexus UX
9. DS E-Tense
10. Volkswagen ID
The winner and runners-up for Production Car Design of the Year:
1. Lexus LC
2. Volvo V90
3. Bugatti Chiron
4. Tesla Model 3
5. Mazda CX-4/CX-5
6. Citroen C3
7. Renault Scenic
8. Land Rover Discovery
9. Suzuki Ignis
10. Peugeot 3008/5008