The Dacia Manifesto has clinched the Concept Car Design of the Year accolade, securing the top spot through the votes of a distinguished global panel comprising professional car designers. The announcement was made in the latest edition of Car Design Review, published by Car Design News.
This year’s panel, consisting of 16 judges, included design leaders from prominent automotive brands such as Audi, Ford, Lamborghini, Lucid, and Mercedes, among others. Judges were not permitted to vote for their own designs or those from other brands within their group, ensuring a transparent and credible voting process. James McLachlan, the editor of Car Design News, commended Dacia’s victory, stating, “In the ten years of these awards, Dacia has never previously been a contender for any car category, so to win this year’s Concept Car Design of the Year award is an incredible achievement and shows just how far its design department has come.”
David Durand, Dacia’s design director, accepted the award for the Manifesto concept at the Car Design News People Awards event in London on December 7th. Reflecting on the recognition, Durand expressed gratitude for the positive reception of the Manifesto’s distinctive design, emphasizing its alignment with the brand’s values and the evolution of Dacia’s design ethos. He remarked, “I am very honored by the number of people who have appreciated the freshness of this small object, which expresses the values of our brand and shows that Dacia design is evolving. I don’t think anyone expected this from Dacia. This recognition from design professionals tells me that we’re on the right track.”
In addition to highlighting Dacia’s triumph, the 208-page Car Design Review X yearbook features details on the nine other shortlisted concept cars, the Production Car Design of the Year award winner and its runners-up, the Lifetime Achievement Award feature, and in-depth articles exploring the impact of artificial intelligence, user experience, and academic training on the future of car design. The publication also spotlights emerging global student talent, the enduring craft of clay modeling, and boasts brilliant bespoke photography, artwork, tactile material inserts, and fold-out illustration sections. With a commitment to editorial independence, this commemorative edition aims to inform and delight in equal measure.