Lexus’ luxury coupé the LC has been named 2016’s Production Car Design of the Year at a gala ceremony in Geneva. Alongside being featured in the Car Design Review 4 yearbook.
Organised by Car Design News, the Car Design of the Year awards are judged by a panel made up of some the world’s best car designers alongside leaders from international automotive suppliers and universities. Each judge on the panel must name their top three cars from a 12-strong shortlist which has been compiled from Car Design News’ Editorial Staff.
Speaking about the LC Car Design Review 4’s editor Guy Bird said: “It was great to see the fantastic LF-LC concept faithfully translated into the beautiful LC production car with so little compromise. This is a rare thing in the automotive industry and should be celebrated.
“Our esteemed, but hard-to-please professional car design judging panel clearly agreed, giving plaudits to the curvaceous coupe for its daring surfacing, unforgettable face and unique character. It was a tough project to execute, by all accounts, but a wonderful end result and a deserving winner of the 2016 Production Car Design of the Year.”
Chief Designer Tadao Mori said of the award: “This was one of the first times for Lexus that designers were closely involved in the dynamic engineering development, so we could understand the driving goals and support them with the car’s design.
The 2012 LF-LC concept model was the starting point, not our final goal. This means we didn’t just duplicate LF-LC’s surfaces and lines onto the production platform. Even though we decided to maintain LF-LC’s design language and theme, we added more emotion. I’d like to thank very much all the colleagues who were involved in the car’s development at Lexus International.”