Hosted alongside ”one of the most unique” events on the automotive calendar, the EyesOn Design show honours significant production and concept vehicles that debuted in 2022

The EyesOn Design Awards returned to the newly revived Detroit Auto Show after a pandemic-enforced hiatus. With noticeably better weather in September than its historic January date, several designers gathered to honour their peers and celebrate the best designs introduced over the past year. 

Many are familiar with the organisation’s long-running car show, held each year on Father’s Day in June at Ford House outside the Detroit area. Organised by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, that show — described as “one of the most unique” auto events — was founded by the three design heads of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, including Tom Gale who stressed the competition wasn’t like a traditional concours. “We don’t care if it’s restored, we don’t care if there’s rust on it, we just care about the design,” he once said. 

The EyesOn Design Awards, meanwhile, recognise the latest and greatest in current automotive design. This year General Motors design had much to celebrate, with the Cadillac Celestiq concept winning Best Concept Vehicle, along with Best Use of Colour, Graphics, or Materials. The Buick Wildcat — which CDN’s Laura Burstein first saw in its early development phase in the studio in 2019 — was named a finalist for the two categories nabbed by the Celestiq, as well as a finalist for Best Designed Interior. The winner of the latter category was Audi’s Grandsphere Concept, which we saw in the metal last year at the IAA in Munich. The award for Best Production Vehicle, meanwhile, went to the 2023 Ferrari Daytona SP3.

Here is the full list of this year’s categories, finalists and winners:

Best Use of Colour, Graphics, or Materials, presented by Axalta Coating Systems

Finalist: Audi Grandsphere Concept

Finalist: Buick Wildcat Concept

Winner: Cadillac Celestiq Concept

Cadillac Celestiq show car exterior

The Cadillac Celestiq won best use of colour, graphics or materials

Best Designed Interior, presented by ABC Technologies

Finalist: Audi Urbansphere Concept

Finalist: Buick Wildcat Concept

Winner: Audi Grandsphere Concept

Audi Grandsphere interior 3

The Audi Grandsphere won best interior

Best Production Vehicle, presented by Adient

Finalist: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer

Finalist: 2024 DeLorean Alpha5

Finalist: 2022 Range Rover

Winner: 2023 Ferrari Daytona SP3

Ferrari Daytona SP3 8

The Ferrari Daytona SP3 won best production vehicle

Best Concept Vehicle, presented by founding sponsor Dassault Systèmes

Finalist: Buick Wildcat Concept

Finalist: Lincoln Model L100 Concept

Winner: Cadillac Celestiq Concept 

cadillac celestiq show car side profile

The Celestiq took home two awards: best concept, and best use of colour, graphics or materials

Judges for the 2022 awards were:

Charles Allen, SVP / General Manager, Honda R&D Americas (retired)

Anne Asensio, VP, Design, Dassault Systèmes

Chris Bangle, Managing Director, Chris Bangle Associates

Wayne K. Cherry, Vice President, Global Design (retired), General Motors

Kemal Curic, Design Director, Lincoln Motor Company

Peter Davis, Co-Director, Transportation Design Program, Lawrence Technological University

Walter de Silva, Design Chief, Volkswagen Group (retired)

Glen J. Durmisevich, Chief Judge, EyesOn Design

Ralph Gilles, Chief Design Officer, Stellantis

Karim A. Habib, Head of Global Design, KIA

Kevin Hunter, President, Calty Design Research, Toyota

Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, Polestar

Anthony Lo, Chief Design Officer, Ford

Dave Marek, Executive Creative Director, Acura

Tom Matano, Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University

Joel Piaskowski, Global Director Design, Cars and Crossovers, Ford Motor Company

Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer, Hyundai Motor Group

Michael Simcoe, Vice President, Global Design, General Motors

Paul Snyder, Paul & Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies

Jack Telnack, Vice President, Design, Ford (retired)

Mark Trostle, Jr., Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design, Stellantis

Mark Trostle, Sr., Director, Creative Services, Roush

Also at the event, EyesOn Design chief judge Glen Durmisevich announced the theme of next year’s Father’s Day show: the past, present and future of electric cars.

“We want to proliferate, expose and explain current car design that is happening right now and into the future,” he said.