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DESIGN: Audi Pulls Up to the Awards Bumper
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Last week at the New York Auto Show, the 2007 World Car of the Year Awards were announced, with the redesigned Audi TT taking World Car Design of the Year honors, besting a field of nearly 30 contenders. The runners-up in the Design category were the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Fiat Grande Punto. World Car of the Year is a nonprofit association, established in 2004, organized by a global steering committee of automotive journalists, some of whom also serve as judges. This year the group offered awards for World Car of the Year, World Green Car and World Performance Car in addition to the Design designation, which was created in 2005 to "highlight new vehicles with innovation and style that push established boundaries," according to the committee. The four-judge Design panel noted the "new TT's flared wheel arches, signature Audi grille and sleek silhouette," and went on to say, "while there is a clear connection to the original TT's Bauhaus styling, the second-generation model evolves it into a more modern form. Beyond its distinctive bubble canopy and aggressive nose, there are also significant changes inside. From the driver's seat, it is clear that the firm has worked hard to offer a more spacious, driver-focused cabin . . . Audi's celebrated build quality prevails." Gary Telaak of Audi AG Design led the exterior design team for the winner. Also in the PDF are some shots of the Citroen C4 Picasso, which, somewhat surprisingly, does not have both its headlights on the same side of the car. See WCOTY.com for more.