What is the Concept Vehicle of the Year Award?

Auto makers tease the public with concept vehicles at motor shows around the world. Sometimes it is something destined for production, though probably a bit declawed for the market.


Some are wild, crazy and on the edge of reality. Some don’t even have powertrains. Those are called “design exercises” and will not be part of this category. Typically, vehicle of the year competitions set calendar year parameters that don’t reflect the reality of the fall-through-spring show season. Ours will cover the auto show season – fall through spring.

1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car.

Contest Rules & Regulations


We will identify concept vehicles presented at the past season’s shows – cars, trucks, CUVs, SUVs, or mixed genre –  introduced at the major motor shows in the U.S. during the current year show season. Most will be from the L.A., Detroit, Chicago or New York shows but we’ll probably have some from the Consumer Electronics Show and perhaps other venues.

A jury of leading automotive journalists will select the Best Concept Vehicle. (Journalists wishing to participate on this panel are welcome to contact us.)

2019 Concept Vehicle of the Year

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept

2018 Concept Vehicle of the Year

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet