The Criteria

DESIGN ADVANCEMENT
What the judges are looking for: Well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
What the judges are looking for: Total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.

INTENDED FUNCTION
What the judges are looking for: How well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.

EFFICIENCY
What the judges are looking for: Low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.

SAFETY
What the judges are looking for: A vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.

VALUE
What the judges are looking for: Competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.

THE JUDGES
ALLYSON HARWOOD
Associate Editor
RON KIINO
Senior Editor
CARLOS LAGO
Assistant Web Producer
TODD LASSA
Detroit Editor
EDWARD LOH
Senior Editor
ANGUS MACKENZIE
Editor-in-Chief
SCOTT MORTARA
Road Test Editor
KIRILL OUGAROV
Associate Online Editor
KIM REYNOLDS
Technical Editor
ARTHUR ST. ANTOINE
Editor at Large