North American Concept Car of the Year Award Goes to the BMW i8 Roadster

Ever since BMW unveiled its eco-friendly sub-brand called BMW i back in 2011, we knew that big things were on the horizon for the automaker. The lineup includes the electric BMWi3 model, as well as the i8 plug-in hybrid. Auto enthusiasts were thrilled to see these concept models confirmed for production, as BMW continues to expand its energy efficient offerings within the new BMW lineup for the greater Charleston, SC area and beyond.

Before these models were anything but a concept car, people were already taking notice. The BMW i8 Roadster in particular won its first recognition in 2012, the North American Concept Car of the Year Award. To keep this winning streak going, this year it won the same award, only this time for the Best Production Preview Vehicle. This designation recognizes models that are already slated for production.

In order for a model to be eligible for one of these awards, it must have made a North American debut during the current model year's auto show season. Experienced Automotive Journalists then volunteer as the jurors responsible for evaluating each model for style, design, technology, materials, and market viability. These awards then provide information that is vital to the automotive industry and its consumers.

In addition to the two awards mentioned above, other recognitions are given for Best Concept Car,  Concept Truck/SUV, Specialty Concept, and the Most Significant Concept Vehicles for each auto show season.

We aren't exaggerating when we say that the BMW i8 is a highly anticipated model that auto enthusiasts are anxiously waiting to see in its production form. While we wait for it to make its way to our Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston showroom, be sure to check back in for updates right here on our blog. There is certainly an excited future that lies ahead for BMW!

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