Honda’s hot hatch, Civic Type R has won the 2008 Wheels Automotive Design Award and Best Interior category.
The Civic Type R, with its futuristic looks and exceptional performance impressed the judges, receiving the highest marks for design innovation.
Wheels judges said “…there’s no denying the Honda hot hatch has a style all its own…” while judge Sally Dominguez from the ABC’s New Inventors said “brilliant and thorough realisation of original concept car. No compromise in execution. Fine, jewel-like detailing.”
Wheels Editor, Ged Bulmer added; “The Civic Type R made a strong impression on our judges at Wheels car of the Year in 2007, so it’s no surprise to see it again prominent in the Wheels Automotive Design Awards. What’s impressive about the Type R from a design perspective is the manner in which the cars overtly sporty and somewhat futuristic design cues are carried over from interior to exterior. All too often we see cars dripping in exterior aggression via wings, body kits and the like, but inside they betray their humble sedan or hatch origins. The Type R is an exception in that from every angle, inside and out, its design clearly signals its intent as a high performance machine. It has a purity of design and a single-mindedness of purpose that is extremely admirable.”
The Civic Type R beat a variety of competitors; the Audi R8, S5 and TT; the Holden VE Ute; the Renault Scenic; the Saab 9-3 Cabrio; the Volvo C30; and VW Eos.
In conjunction with the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA), this award recognises interior and exterior excellence as well as the overall design of the vehicle. The awards are open to all cars on the Australian market.
There are sixteen different assessment criteria, including innovation, visual impact and form as well as detail design.
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