Former General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn, is indeed staying busy following his retirement. The Detroit News has shared photos of the redesigned North American Car/Truck of the Year trophy, and it has been penned by none other than Welburn himself.
“I wanted to create a trophy which would live up to the prestige of this very important award, and the hard work that the people put together in developing the vehicles that win this award,” Welburn said when unveiling two trophies at an Automotive Press Association meeting in Detroit. “It’s just out of respect for them.”
The new trophy features a stylized Streamline Moderne car, which is said to not look like specifically like any vehicle, past present or future.
“I wanted a design that would be both timeless and not represent any particular brand at all,” Welburn said, adding if the Academy Award’s Oscar “had a car, this would be it.”
Only three of these trophies will be handed out on January 9, 2017 at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Specifically, we’re keeping an eye on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is in the running for Car of the Year.