The 33rd International Automobile Festival – An exhibition wich is unique in the world, bringing together the rarest and most spectacular concept cars.
The 33rd International Automobile Festival, an international meeting place for automotive art and design, took place from 31st January to 4th February 2018 at the Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris, France. The high-end auto event presented the newest and most beautiful automotive concepts, to delight lovers of cars and design. The Automobile Festival is also known for its unique exhibition bringing together the rarest and most spectacular concept cars. LAMBORGHINI HURÁCAN SUPER TROFEO EVO and LAMBORGHINI TERZO MILLENNIO were on show for the first time in France. For Terzo Millennio concept it was also a world premiere.
In a little over thirty years, the International Automobile Festival has become an institution in the word of automotive design. Each year, between the motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, it awards a prestigious collection of Grand Prizes, including that for “The Most Beautiful Car of the Year”.
This Grand Prix is awarded to a series production car which was introduced during 2017 and which is sold at a price not exceeding €60,000. The cars are selected and entered by the manufacturers, but the winner is chosen by the public. Grand Prize ofThe Most Beautiful Car of the Year went to Alpine A110.
Awarded on January 30th, 2018 by an expert and passionate jury, the Grand Prizes of the International Automobile Festival reward the most beautiful automotive and artistic projects of the year.
Rémi Depoix, President of the Festival, and the judging panel, chaired by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and the fashion designer Chantal Thomass, announce the winners of the ‘Grands Prix’, Tuesday 30th January during the prize-giving ceremony, direct from the Festival. This ceremony brings together the most important figures in the automotive industry, the top international designers and all the key stakeholders in this sector.
The winners of the Grand Prizes of the 2018 International Automobile Festival:
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT CAR: MAZDA CONCEPT VISION COUPE
This prize rewards futuristic, non-commercialized studies. New trends and design concepts influence the choice of the jury.
- FUTURISTIC CITY CARS GRAND PRIZE: ITAL DESIGN AIRBUS POP UP
This category brings together the concept cars that can’t compete for the Grand Prize of the Most Beautiful Concept Car because of their
vocation and their functionalist party. On the other hand, the ability to meet the requirements of individual mobility will be judged here while satisfying an environmentally responsible attitude.
- CREATIV’ EXPERIENCE GRAND PRIZE: RENAULT SYMBIOZ
This award rewards a manufacturer offering a different automative offer and a new experience in both the design and motorsport fields.
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUPERCAR OF THE YEAR: MCLAREN 720S
New models on the market – limited-edition or mass-produced products – but sold for more than € 60,000 and not competing for the price
of the Most Beautiful Car of the Year.
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF THE YEAR: SERGE BELLU “VOITURES RARES” – EDITIONS GRÜND
Cars, an endless source for authors, the Jury is interested in books testifying to an original presentation, particularly careful in terms of
the model and iconography.
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OF THE YEAR: ERIC VARGIOLU “LE NORD SCHLEIFE” – FRANCE
Traditionally, the Jury rewards the Most Beautiful Photo of the Year having motorsport as a subject. He privileges absolute images
testifying of a sensitivity and an artistic emotion.
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR OF THE YEAR: DS AUTOMOBILES – DS 7 CROSSBACK
The interior design is as dominant as the exterior and consumers are more and more demanding. The candidates are those entered in
the election of the Most Beautiful Car of the Year.
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ADVERTISING FILM OF THE YEAR: KIA NIRO – HERO’S JOURNEY – DAVID & GOLIATH
In a few seconds you have to inform, seduce, reassure, sell, give a message, a concept. The Jury judges all these criteria on the
aesthetic or humorous level.
- ART GRAND PRIZE: EXPOSITION “AUTO PHOTO” – FONDATION CARTIER
This grand prize rewards an artist or institution for an isolated work, for an entire career or for a cultural initiative that extols the role of the
automobile in society.
- YOUNG DESIGNER AWARDS BY BMW / EXTERIOR DESIGN : CAMELEON;
Winner: AVHIRUP GOSH ” I LEAF “ (IAAD – ITALIE)
The International Automobile Festival encourages students in design school by rewarding them for their project. As the world’s largest
design competition for students, it has a theme on exterior design, another on interior design.
Vehicles which could adapt to all possible traffic conditions would certainly ease congestion and so reduce pollution. Imagine and design
a vehicle at ease anywhere, a car which could adapt itself automatically and intuitively.
- YOUNG DESIGNER AWARDS BY BMW / INTERIOR DESIGN : ZERO GRAVITY
Winner: YONGWOO KIM ” BLOSSOME “ (STRATE – PARIS)
The International Automobile Festival encourages students in design school by rewarding them for their project. As the world’s largest design competition for students, it has a theme on exterior design, another on interior design.
- LE GRAND PRIX DU DESIGN: GERRY MCGOVERN – LAND ROVER
The Grand Prize of Design is awarded to a designer or company for its global strategy of innovation or pursuit of beauty.
- JURY SPECIAL GRAND PRIZE:
Winner: MERCEDES-BENZ – CREATIONS DE CONCEPTS DE RÊVES
This grand prize rewards a major personality or company that has marked the year in the automotive industry.
- SPECIAL FESTIVAL PRIZE: BMW for its four decades of support of art & cultural world
This grand prize rewards an achievement, a personality to whom the Festival wants to pay tribute.
- 2018 PALME D’OR:
Winner: CARLOS GHOSN – PDG DE RENAULT NISSAN MITSUBISHI
Outstanding prize, awarded to a personality for his entire work or a special result, economic, sports or charity.