Range Rover The Big Winner At 2013 Australian International Design Awards Photo:
TMR Team | May, 31 2013 | 0 Comments

Range Rover has beaten back a strong field to take top honours in the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA) for the second year running.

Last year it was the compact Evoque that stole the judging panel's attention in the automotive category, sneaking ahead of Mazda's all-new CX-5 SUV.

The British marque has beaten Mazda again, with the big new Range Rover snatching the Best In Category Award from the Design Award-winning Mazda6 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Good Design Awards went to the Audi's brand-new A3 hatch and the A6 Allroad Quattro wagon, along with Citroen's upmarket DS3 hatch and DS5 wagon.

And, while Hyundai's new Santa Fe and Jaguar's incoming F-Type roadster have both impressed pundits on style, they too could manage only the third-tier Good Design Award.

Models that missed out all-together included the Honda Civic Hatch, Opel's three year-old Astra GTC hatch and the high-riding Citroen DS4.

Lexus also appeared at this year's AIDAs, but not for a prize: while the brand-new IS sedan will likely compete next year, Lexus has signed on as Official Vehicle Sponsor for the 2013 awards.

As part of the event, Lexus is promoting its Design Scholarship, which gives designers the opportunity to showcase their work at the Tokyo Designers Week in Japan.

The carmaker will also collaborate with RMIT design professor Kjell Grant, contributing $60,000 to the Melbourne Movement program to oversee the scholarship.

Visitors to this year's AIDAs can also see the Lexus LF-CC coupe concept in the flesh, which is in the country for the first time.

The LF-CC was expected to appear at this year's Australian International Motor Show, but like Subaru's new dealer-based roadshow, the cancellation of the motor show has moved Lexus to promote the concept through other events.

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