Honda Urban EV Named Best Concept Car – 2018 Car Design Award

JUN 7 2018 BY MARK KANE 17

The Honda Urban EV concept was named ‘The Best Concept Car’ in the renowned 2018 Car Design Award honors, presented as part of the Turin Motor Show.

Honda Urban EV Concept

The Japanese manufacturer unveiled the Urban EV concept in Frankfurt in 2017 and announced that order books will be opened in early 2019.

Sales in Europe are expected to start in late 2019, however with over a year to go until launch, we don’t yet have any preliminary specs.

For sure the small, city electric car from Honda could be interesting in Europe, as it combines performance and style.

Honda announced that the Urban EV is just the first model under the brand’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy in Europe, so we expect to see more coming soon, especially since the company is developing a dedicated electric vehicle platform.

Car Design Award 2018

“An international panel of automobile experts has named the Honda Urban EV Concept as ‘The Best Concept Car’ in the renowned 2018 Car Design Award honours, presented today as part of the Turin Motor Show.

Organised by Auto & Design magazine, the Car Design Award finalists and winners are selected and judged by a jury comprised of 12 automotive journalists from the world’s most prestigious publications.

The Honda Urban EV Concept was named as a finalist in April this year, and was subsequently chosen as the overall concept car winner against nine other vehicle designs. Global recognition in the Car Design Award follows the Urban EV Concept’s success in being named as Automobile magazine’s 2018 Concept of the Year in January.”

“Its low and wide proportions present a sporty stance, while the contemporary styling incorporates slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front end of the cabin. Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors. At the front of the Urban EV Concept, interactive multilingual messages can be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers on the road, or charging status updates.

The interior is equally inviting, with natural materials and an open-plan cabin that features front and rear bench seating. Natural grey fabric and wood finish accents create the relaxed ambience of a lounge area, while a high-tech ‘floating’ dashboard incorporates a wrap-around screen that runs behind the console and extends into the doors.”

The joint statement from the Car Design Award jury concludes:

“The Honda Urban EV Concept is a wonderfully judged piece of design which brings a much-needed sense of personality to the EV space. Its clever blending of both retro and futuristic aesthetics gives it an undeniable desirability that few can compete with.”

Makoto Iwaki, Honda R&D Executive Creative Director said:

“Our Urban EV Concept is the true representation of the ‘We make it simple’ design idea, which aims to make cars closer to people’s hearts. I express the utmost gratitude on behalf of our entire Honda design team to the jury who valued our unique proposal, which we feel contrasts with the recent car designs. The production car based on this concept model is currently underway, which will be easy to access, fun to drive, and make everyday life more fulfilled and joyful.”

Honda Urban EV Concept
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Seriously? Ugliest mo-fo ever.

Looks like an animated toy car.

Oh, man… I feel the complete opposite. This is the first attractive EV car not produced by Tesla.

I wouldn’t drive it even if you paid me LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

Love love love this car. I hope the production version looks very similar.

Amen !

Make it look exactly like this. I don’t care for the doors, make them normal but leave it a two. No rear doors. I will take out the rear seats anyway.
I want those lights, and those wheels in exactly the colour shown here. I don’t need any of that infotainment nonsense. Leave that out. Now make it stupidly fast. Most importantly set it up so that it is fun to drive. Don’t make it feel like the computer drives for me.

Now built this thing. Get on with it.

Honda can really give the VW ID a run for its money if they pull this off, even in Europe.
May we live in interesting times.

More the Renault Zoe. The ID Neo will be bigger. But it doesn’t matter. A car like the ID Neo has the potential to sell in Golf numbers so a couple of 100k won’t be harmed by this toy.


By who? Solo ugly! Never, never will I buy this car simply because it’s so damn ugly! It looks like a 60s car!

Oh no wonder it looks like Fiat 500e, only an Italian mother would like her ugly son!

This is how Honda makes an attractive car rather than the bfugly Clarity.

I will take the Clarity over this.

In general, I hate concept cars. Mainly because as amazing as they seem if they even make it to the prototype stage, they never seem to make it to the showroom floor as amazing as they first seemed, if at all.
If rather they just call them styling exercises to test market reaction, and not tease us with a “model year”.

I really like the design, just thinking about the seat, how in the world do you adjust the driving position with that seat?

I completely don’t get the noise about this car. There are absolutely no details about drivetrain/performance/capabilities/price, so the only thing it can be judged on as a concept is external design.
But there’s absolutely nothing interesting or advanced about the design — it’s a 2-door city hatchback, and looks _exactly_ like the 1979 (2nd-gen) Civic. If anything, a 2-door, 2-row hatchback is less practical than the universal practice today for this class of car, which is 4 doors (Toyota Aygo, VW Up! / Skoda Citigo / Seat Mii / Peugeot 108 / Citroën C1 / Renault Twingo, various Suzukis & Subarus).

Tell that to MINI. Honda have stated that they are only able to make this car because it doesn’t directly compete with its current lineup, specifically the Fit/Jazz. It will be a more premium offering to compete with MINI and the Audi A1.