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Trevor Collett | May, 30 2014 | 3 Comments

The 2014 Good Design Awards - previously the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA) - has recognised four carmakers in its annual 'Selections' list.

Citroen and Kia took home top prizes, with the C4 Grand Picasso declared 'Best In Category' and the Pro_Cee'd GT landing a Good Design Award.

And while missing out on awards, Land Rover and Audi also made the Selections list with their Range Rover Sport and A3 Sedan models.

The C4 Grand Picasso took out the top award for the 'Automotive And Transport' Category, with the judges declaring it to be “the people-mover you won’t be embarrassed to own”.

The C4 was praised for its 12-inch touch screen, visibility, and an exterior design that “masks its true size”.

For Kia, the Pro_Cee’d GT also won a Good Design Award, declared “an elegant balance between beauty and aggression” by the judging panel.

The Pro_Cee’d GT arrived in Australia in March, marking the first time the model has been offered outside of Europe, with prices starting from $29,990 plus on-roads.

Land Rover almost made it three-in-a-row at the Awards, with the full-sized Range Rover recognised last year and the Range Rover Evoque honoured in 2012.

In 2014, the Range Rover Sport made the Good Design Awards Selections list but fell short of winning an award, with the judges saying the exterior design is “bold, progressive [and] assertive, powerful and muscular, hinting at the improved driving performance”.

Audi’s A3 Sedan arrived in local showrooms earlier this year. The German saloon also came close to winning a Good Design Award, but only got as close as the Selections list.

Besides its “sporty proportions with short overhangs, sharp creases and clean lines” the judges were also impressed with the Audi A3’s best-in-class ANCAP safety rating, with a score of 36.41 out of 37.

Other 'Selections' listings included entries from Sea-Doo and Can-Am, Venom HID driving lights and an EV fast-charger by Veefil, while Melbourne and Gold Coast trams were also listed.

The Honda Odyssey and Holden VF Calais V were on the entry list, but fell short of making the Selections list for 2014.

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