An MG SUV concept unveiled the Beijing Auto Show - the biggest event of its kind in China - has seen off competition from the likes of Lamborghini and Mercedes-Benz to land a coveted design award.
The MG Icon concept car was awarded the ‘Best Concept’ title at Auto China 2012, the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
The US motoring magazine Autoweek announced the winner and will present MG with an engraved trophy to mark the achievement.
Greg Kable, Autoweek’s German editor said: “The Icon continues MG’s resurrection under parent company SAIC Motor, bringing newly interpreted heritage style to the compact SUV ranks in a package that will see it compete directly against the likes of Nissan Juke and the Mini Countryman.”
No plans have yet been announced regarding production of the Icon, which would see MG compete against Land Rover in its own back yard, but the vehicle is strongly tipped to form part of the next generation of MG models to be produced at Longbridge.
The Icon, MG’s first SUV concept, was created by the company’s Birmingham-based global design team headed by British director Anthony Williams-Kenny.
It has been inspired by some of the legendary MG models of the past, including the MGA and MGB GT.
Mr Williams-Kenny, who was recently promoted to become global director, SAIC Design said: “It’s a great honour to win this very important award, particularly when the judges put the MG Icon ahead of so many other famous brands.
“The judges obviously shared our enthusiasm and vision for MG which is one of the best loved brands in the world.”