GM Design Awards Tout SEMA Show Exhibitor Creations


LAS VEGAS –  General Motors has announced 14 winners of its  Design Awards

at the 2011 SEMA Show, with the Best Chevrolet Small Car award going to the 2012 Sonic designed by Chris Mangum of DSO Eyewear.

Chevrolet Sonic Sema Show

The annual program recognizes SEMA show exhibitors who showcase the most outstanding combinations of innovation, creativity, personalization and performance in their vehicle and product designs. GM designers tour the specialty vehicle and equipment industry displays to identify the best project vehicles, public cars and components.

Several awards this year carry Chevrolet-specific designations in honor of Chevy’s  centennial celebration, including Best Chevrolet Sports Car, Compact Car and New Truck, as well as Best New Chevrolet Accessory and Most Innovative Chevrolet Product. Award plaques were also given for Best GM Vehicle of Show, Best GM Restored Vehicle and Best GM Resto-Mod.

“The GM designers working in our Specialty Vehicle, Underhood and Accessory studios all vie for the opportunity to come to the SEMA Show,” said GM Design Director Phil Zak. “Not only is it the best place to gauge industry reaction to the concept vehicles and accessory products we’ve been working on all year and to see what others are doing, it’s also our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the individuals and companies whose efforts really stand out.”

Best Chevrolet Small Car Chris Mangum/DSO Eyewear 2012 Sonic
Best Chevrolet Compact Car Rick Bottom/Rick Bottom Design 2011 Cruze
Best Chevrolet Sports Car Sean Cassar 1959 Corvette
Best New Chevrolet Truck Taylor Anderson/Rigid IndustriesLED Lighting 2011 Silverado
Best New Chevrolet Exterior Tommy Zondervan/RevolutionStyling 2012 Camaro
Best New Chevrolet Interior Sean Murphy/Kicker Audio 2012 Cruze
Builder’s Choice Best Chevrolet Rick Bottom/Rick Bottom Design 2011 Cruze
Best New Chevrolet Product Ernie Bunnel, Bill Longfellow3D Carbon/Air Design 2012 Sonic Ground Effects
Best New Chevrolet Accessory Ryo/Seibon CarbonExterior Kit 2012 Sonic Carbon Fiber
Best High Performance Chevrolet Product Ryan Miller/Ryan Miller Autobody 2012 Cruze Turbo Kit
Most Innovative Chevrolet Product Duncan Good, Aaron Hersey/Tallon Systems & RAM Mounting Systems 2012 Sonic Mounting System for 12-volt USB Devices
Best GM Vehicle of Show Justin Currillo 1960 Cadillac
Best GM Restored Vehicle Tony Gentry 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
Best GM Resto-Mod Jonathan Goolsby/Goolsby Customs 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value.

The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro;
dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly” solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions
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About GM Design

General Motors Design is the first and largest global automotive OEM design function with a network of 109 Design Centers in eight countries around the world. Over 1,800 men and women are responsible for the design development of every GM concept and production car and truck globally. The Design Centers are located in the United States, Germany, Korea, China, Australia, Brazil and India.