The Lexus LC luxury coupe has been named 2016’s Production Car Design of the Year, an honour bestowed by a 20-strong judging panel featuring some of the world’s top car designers. The peer-reviewed award was presented at a gala ceremony in Geneva and is featured in the Car Design Review 4 yearbook.
Previously, the Lexus LF-LC – which directly inspired the production of the LC 500 – was named the Detroit Motor Show’s best new concept car design some five years ago. And last year, the Lexus LC 500 captured top honours for the best-designed production car and the best interior at the 10th annual EyesOn Design awards at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show.
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.”
Responding to the award, LC chief designer Tadao Mori said: “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.”
The Car Design of the Year awards is organised by the team behind the Car Design News website. Their special quality is distinguished by the fact the judging panel is made up of some of the world’s top car designers, together with leaders of major international automotive suppliers and universities. In order to select the 2016 Production Car Design of the Year, judges named their top three choices from a 12-strong shortlist compiled by Car Design News’ editorial staff.
The Lexus LC 500 will be launched in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017.