Car Design News is delighted to announce the tenth-anniversary edition of the Car Design Review yearbook

The extra-special tenth anniversary edition of Car Design News’ yearbook – appropriately named Car Design Review X – launches next week at our People Awards event in London (Thursday Dec 7th 2023), featuring the winning concept and production cars of of the year, as voted for by the world’s leading design directors. 

The 16-strong professional judging panel – this year including the heads of design of Audi, Ford, Lamborghini, Lucid, Mercedes and Polestar among many others – has voted and the results are some of the most surprising since the awards first started with the 2013 Car Design Review.

7. CDR 2013-X (close circle)

CDR X (in orange) is the tenth edition of the coveted yearbook 

Beyond the winning cars, the Car Design Review X yearbook also features the 20 shortlisted production and concept cars, as well the first-person thoughts of our esteemed judges through exclusive and often candid interviews, supported by stunning photography. And as a ten-year anniversary special, the judges also vote for their concept and production car designs of the decade. The results are fascinating. And revealed in this book.

But Car Design Review X is not just about ‘product’. It also boasts in-depth articles from amazing writers discussing how artificial intelligence, user experience and academic training might affect the car designers of the future, and features brilliant bespoke photography and innovative artwork. Emerging global student talent gets a specific focus and we also shine a light on the fascinating career of a very special Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

With tactile material inserts and fold-out illustration sections not before seen together in this book series, this celebratory edition aims to inform and delight in equal measure, while staying firmly independent in editorial stance. “The Car Design Review yearbook has come a long way,” says Car Design Review X editor Guy Bird, also the co-editor of the first 2013 edition. “It felt exciting and significant then, and a decade later, it’s still the only awards publication based on the votes of car design professionals, who all go on the record to show respect for the work of their peers – perhaps sometimes even a bit grudgingly!”

CDR X - book cover (angle)

CDR X in all its glory 

Bird continues: “No judge can vote for their own work – or even for cars from other brands in their group. This keeps the voting clean, and the awards credible. At more than 200 pages long, and some six months in the making, this year’s edition wasn’t the work of a moment, but was certainly a labour of love. On behalf of the talented team that created it, we really hope you will agree it was worth the wait.”

See the gallery below to get a flavour of how Car Design Review has evolved since it began in 2013.  

Car Design Review X is published and available to order now through this link.