January 12, 2012
The awards honour the most significant automotive designs on display at the show, as determined by automotive designers, academic chairs of transportation design programs, and design leaders from other fields.
The LF-LC won as Best Designed Concept Vehicle, finishing over the Chevrolet TRU140S and Lincoln MKZ. The Ford Fusion was named the Best Designed Production Vehicle, defeating the BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS.
Chris Bangle, who designed for Opel, Fiat and BMW and who currently directs his own design studio in Italy, was named to a Lifetime Design Achievement Award.