At the Beijing Motor Show, the MG Icon Concept vehicle was awarded the prominent 'Best Concept' title, a major design award and one of the most sought-after recognition at the international car show calendar. The MG Icon bested the Lamborghini Urus, Honda Concept C and Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe. Autoweek, one of the leading vehicle magazines in the United States, announced the awards. It will present an engraved trophy to MG at a later date. Autoweek's German editor Greg Kable, who is also a highly acclaimed motoring journalist worldwide, commented that the Icon continues the resurrection of MG under parent company SAIC Motor.
It brings "newly interpreted heritage style" to the ranks of compact SUVs in a package "that will see it compete directly against the likes of" the MINI Countryman and Nissan Juke, he added. There were no announced plans yet regarding the production of the MG Icon, which is the first SUV concept that MG made. The Icon was developed by the MG global design team under the leadership of British director Anthony Williams-Kenny.
It is inspired by some of the renowned MG models of the past such as the MGB GT and the MGA. Williams-Kenny commented that it is a "great honour" to win the "very important award," especially with the fact that the MG Icon beat "so many other famous brands." He added that the judges "obviously shared our enthusiasm and vision for MG." Williams-Kenny has recently been promoted to his new position as SAIC Design's Global Director. Moreover, he had led the design team responsible for the award-winning MG6 production vehicle.