MG wins major design award with SUV study
MG has scooped a major design award with its stunning Icon concept car.
The model won the prestigious Best Concept title at the Beijing Motor Show, beating the Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe and Honda Concept C in the process.
The title is one of the most sought-after awards on the international automotive show calendar.
Autoweek, one of the USA's leading automotive magazines, will present MG with an engraved trophy at a later date.
Greg Kable, a highly acclaimed international motoring journalist and Autoweek's German editor, was glowing in his remarks about the Icon.
He said the model continues MG's resurrection under parent company SAIC Motor by bringing newly-interpreted heritage style to the compact-SUV ranks in a package that will see it compete directly against the likes of the Nissan Juke and the MINI Countryman.
No plans have been announced concerning production of the MG Icon, the first SUV concept from the manufacturer.
It was created by the MG global design team headed by British director Anthony Williams-Kenny and takes inspiration from some of the legendary MG models of the past, including the MGA and MGB GT.
Mr Williams-Kenny said: "It's a great honour to win this very important award, particularly when the judges put the MG Icon ahead of so many other famous brands.
"The judges obviously shared our enthusiasm and vision for MG, which is one of the best loved brands in the world."
Mr Williams-Kenny, who also led the design team responsible for the award-winning MG6 production car, has recently been promoted to his new role as global director, SAIC Design.
MGs are now sold in Derby by Beechwood at Siddals Road.