The top 10 production and concept car designs for 2019, as featured in the Car Design Review 7 hardback annual (out soon), have been announced

With everything that has happened in the last few months, it is easy to lose track of time. But 2019 wasn’t that long ago (although it certainly seems it). Every year, Car Design News produces a beautifully crafted hardback book in which we profile the leading designers working in the automotive industry and ask those designers to vote for the production and concept car designs of the year. Car Design Review 7 will be launched next week at 15:00 BST in a Livestream with the winners and will be available to order from the CDN homepage on June 18th. The book also features a round-up of the important trends for 2019 and the best student work of that year, and this year’s book has a hand-crafted Maezio composite cover, created in collaboration with Covestro.

These awards are most meaningful because, rather than journalists or industry organisations judging the cars, we ask the most senior members of the automotive design industry to assess the work. Register now to find out who has won.

For 2019, the cars competing for the Production Car of the Year Award are:

Aston Martin DBX, Byton M-Byte, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C8), Honda e, Land Rover Defender, Lotus Evija, Mustang Mach-E, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan, Volkswagen ID.3.

Gallery: Production Car of 2019 contenders 

The contenders for the Concept Car of the Year Award are:

Bentley EXP 100 GT, Citroën Ami One, Cupra Tavascan, Fiat Concept Centoventi, Genesis Mint, Hyundai Concept 45, Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, Suzuki Waku SPO, Tesla CYBRTRK, Alfa Romeo Tonale.

Gallery: Concept Car of 2019 contenders

Car Design News, along with everyone else, has been affected by the lockdown, and our live launch of the Car Design Review 7 book and awards ceremony had to be cancelled. So we are taking the launch online. The winners will be announced in an exclusive Livestream, with the design directors of the winning cars, on June 18. 

The Judges of the 2019 Awards are: Klaus Bischoff, VW; Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini;  Klaus Busse, FCA; Jonathan Disley, Volvo; Luc Donckerwolke, Genesis; Francois Farion, Groupe Renault; Karim Habib, Kia; Dale Harrow, RCA; Peter Horbury, Geely; SangYup Lee, Hyundai; Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, Seat; Davide Pizzorno, ED Design; Jingfeng Shao, SAIC; Stefan Sielaff, Bentley; Tod Willing, Ford; Crystal Windham, Cadillac; Phil Zak, Chevrolet; Fan Zhang, GAC.

During the Livestream we will also be revealing our Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Previous recipients of this prestigious award have included Syd Mead, Wayne Cherry, Martin Smith, Robert Opron, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and Marcello Gandini.