Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac Top 2014 Concept Vehicles

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG and the Cadillac Elmiraj took the top honors in the thirteenth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards last week.

2014 Concept Awards MB GLA45 AMG front
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Concept
2014 Concept Awards Cadillac Elmiraj
Cadillac Elmiraj

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. More than two dozen jurors, all professional automotive journalists, participated in a selection process that involved a total of 29 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season’s auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York.

Arv Voss and Bill Schaffer from the website/blog are both members of the Concept Vehicle Jury.

The Production Preview Vehicle category is for those vehicles based on a model that has already been announced or planned for production. The finalists in this category included the Infiniti Q30, the Infiniti Q50, the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG, and the VW Passat 1.4L BlueMotion.

2014 Concept Awards Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat 1.4L BlueMotion
2014 Concept Awards Infiniti Q50
Infiniti Q50 Concept
2014 Concept Awards Infiniti Q30
Infiniti Q30 Concept
2014 Concept Awards MB GLA45 AMG rear
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG


2014 Concept Awards MB GLA45 AMG interior
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Interior

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG took the honor of 2014 Production Preview Vehicle of the Year. “What’s small, fun and can’t get here soon enough? . . . The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG,” said juror BJ Killeen. “While it’s still in concept form, this baby beast will turn every mild-mannered suburban mom into a stoplight drag racer, just because she can.”


2014 Concept Awards MB GT6
Mercedes-Benz GT6 Concept
2014A Concepts - Toyota TF-1
Toyota FT-1 Concept
2014 Concept Awards Nissan Blade
Nissan Blade Concept




The Concept Vehicle category recognizes long-range prototypes designed to measure market reaction to future features and models. The finalists in this category were the Cadillac Elmiraj, the Mercedes Benz GT6, the Nissan Blade, and the Toyota FT-1.

2014 Concept Awards Cadillac Elmiraj
Cadillac Elmiraj Concept


2014 Concept Awards-Cadilla Elmirj
Cadillac Elmiraj Interior Concept

Marking its ninth competition as a category finalist, and the brand’s fourth visit to the awards podium, Cadillac takes the 2014 Concept Vehicle of the Year award with its Elmiraj Concept. “The Cadillac Elmiraj is a reminder of when concept cars were dream cars,” said juror Dan Carney. “It’s the kind of statement vehicle Cadillac needs.”

From amongst the winners in the Concept Vehicle and Production Preview categories, the Cadillac Elmiraj posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2014.
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