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A much-coveted Trophy

The Car of the Year has a new trophy to be presented for the first time in its 2016 edition, announced in Geneva.

Trophy

The striking new trophy, designed by Liz Pike of EFX Studio, has been bespoke-manufactured by the British company Special EFX. It is a three-tier prism and has been precision-cut from jet-black crystal and polished gold-plated aluminium. For most of its long history, the Car of the Year trophy has featured six or seven poppet valves surmounted by the national flags of the contest's sponsoring publications. This trophy, originally designed by Geoffrey Axby, art director of the British Sunday Telegraph magazine, was 'retired' after the 1999 contest and, ackonowledging that the Ducth magazine Autovisie and its former editor Fred van der Vlugt established the Car of the Year award, it was entrusted to the Dutch National Automobile Museum in Raamsdonksveer. The replacement in 2000 was an L-shaped Steel sculpture depicting an stylised speeding car with the original Car of the Year logo prominent on its end-plate. It was the work of UK designer Dean Arthurs. In 2004, it was introduced a new trophy, in marble and coloured metals, created by Emmanuel Zurini, a French artist known by his fine automotive sculptures. An individual trophy has been presented each year from 2000 and kept in perpetuity by the winning manufacturer.

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Porsche 928 prizegiving in Monaco.
1978

Porsche 928 prizegiving in Monaco. Prince Rainiero, with Jury president Paul Frere and Porsche chairman Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann.

L-shaped steel sculpture for the new millenium.
2000

L-shaped steel sculpture for the new millenium.

Debut for trophy with seven poppet valves on a solid polygonal base
1986

Debut for trophy with seven poppet valves on a solid polygonal base.

Trophy won by Fiat Panda shows the new design of Car of the Year logo.
2004

Trophy won by Fiat Panda shows the new design of Car of the Year logo.

Last mission for classic trophy in Focus year
1999

Last mission for classic trophy in Focus year: Ford of Europe president (right) receives it from Ray Hutton.

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