Hyundai’s HCD-14 Genesis Concept was named as the “Concept Car of the Year” for 2013 at the 12th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. It was also named as the “Most Significant Concept of the Year” for getting the highest score among the category winning concepts. HCD-14 previewed Hyundai’s design direction for its future premium vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year.
The award marks the second time that Hyundai has received an award. Its Genesis Coupe was named as the “Production Preview Concept Vehicle of the Year” in 2008 for the Genesis Coupe. According to juror Bob Kroupa, one of the Principals of the Automotive Writers Group, Hyundai’s HCD-14 “introduces future premium vehicle design, advanced 3-D gesture-based technology controls and spirited driving dynamics.”
He noted that the concept’s rear hinged back doors and fastback coupe design, “add to the WOW factor.” The “Concept Car” category acknowledges vehicles designed for carrying passengers. The HCD-14 Genesis topped this highly competitive category, beating other concepts like the Honda EV-STER and Toyota Corolla Furia. The HCD-14 Genesis gained recognition for its state-of-the-art features and improved driver experience.
HCD-14 Genesis provides a glimpse of how Hyundai will create its future premium vehicle as well as the technologies to be offered. These technologies include driver eye-tracking and hand-gesture recognition, thumb controls or gesture recognition could be used to select navigation, infotainment, audio, HVAC, and smartphone connectivity functions. Chris Poole, juror and Editor-at-Large for Chicago-based Consumer Guide Auto, remarked that the HCD-14 is one of the best works of Hyundai’s California Design Center.