The new Bentley Continental GT collected two major design awards at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Leading car designers judged the prestigious Eyes on Design Awards competition which awarded The Continental GT more awards than any other production car, picking up ‘most significant production car’ and a separate prize for ‘most significant production car – exterior design’.
This year 40 designers – practicing professionals as well as leading students – voted. The honorary chairman of the panel was Fabrizio Giugiaro, director of famed design group, ItalDesign.
‘We are delighted to win these awards,’ said Bentley Motors’ director of design Dirk van Braeckel. ‘They are judged by car designers, and it’s always very satisfying to get praise from your peers. What is even more important is to gain recognition in the USA, Bentley’s most important market for the Continental GT.’
The twin-turbo, 12-cylinder Continental GT is the world’s fastest four-seater coupé and will go on sale later this year. It will be built at a new production facility in Bentley’s historic factory in Crewe, Cheshire.Published 5 February 2003