German design honored at Detroit auto show

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Two cars from Germany's Volkswagen AG group have walked away with the top design honors for vehicles introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Porsche 918 RSR racer won the EyesOn Design Award for best concept vehicle, while the Audi A6 sedan was given the award for design excellence in the category devoted to new vehicles headed for production.

The two awards were announced at the Detroit auto show, which showcases new designs from across the industry.

"Design is part of our vision. Design is in our DNA," Detlev von Platen, the head of Porsche's North America division, said.

Audi has received four EyesOn Design Awards over the past three years.

"It's strong feedback that we have done our homework," said Achim Badstuebner, head of exterior design for Audi, who accepted its award.

The other finalists for the concept award were the Ford Vertrek, a compact sport utility vehicle, and the Kia KV7 minivan, both of which were unveiled at the Detroit motor show.

The finalists for the other award were the Bentley Continental GT, the BMW 6-Series Convertible, and the Hyundai Veloster.

The contest was judged by car designers.

© 2011 AFP

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