We are continuing to celebrate an award-winning few weeks, as last night it was announced that the Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, was honoured at Grand Prix du Design during Festival Automobile International in Paris.
Named Designer of the Year, the prize recognises McGovern’s Land Rover designs and their influence across the car industry. The awards are decided by a 15-strong jury from the automotive industry, sport, architecture, fashion, design, culture and the media. Jury members at the Hotel National des Invalides included architect Jean Michel Wilmotte, stylist Chantal Thomas, designer Anne Asensio and Etienne Gernelle, President and CEO of Le Point magazine.
Rémi Depoix, President of the Festival Automobile International, said: “One of his remarkable achievements is to adapt Land Rover’s DNA, a transformation that began with the Range Rover Evoque. The British automotive industry has been reinvented in Gerry’s vision and Land Rover is an incredible success story. Congratulations to him and his team.”
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “It’s an incredibly rewarding time to be a designer in the automotive industry and to be recognised by a jury from a wide variety of design disciplines shows the importance of design in all our lives”.
The ‘masterpiece’ Range Rover Velar SUV was singled out for praise by an international jury of experts. The all-new Velar, the fourth member of the Range Rover family, fills the space between Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. The Velar has already achieved a number of awards across the globe, including ‘Best Car’ at the EE Gadget awards and ‘The most competitive luxury SUV’ in China.
Last week it was announced Velar and the Land Rover Discovery are shortlisted for World Car of the Year 2018, with Velar additionally shortlisted for World Car Design of the Year. The results for the prestigious awards will be announced in March.
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