Volkswagen’s electric Budd-e vehicle is the year’s best concept truck, according to judges at an auto industry event this weekend.
Budd-e — which is really more of a 15-foot-long van — won the honor at the 15th North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, which was held at the annual Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Mich.
The Budd-e, which Volkswagen describes as bringing the microbus into the 21st century, features advanced connectivity features as well as a 101 kilowatt-hour battery designed to give the vehicle a 233-mile range.
The cabin swaps out switches and buttons and instead incorporates touch and gesture controls blended into the design along with large infotainment panels and digital screens.
More than two dozen jurors voted Budd-e over its fellow finalists, the Lincoln Navigator, the Kia Telluride and the Nissan Titan Warrior. All contenders were introduced at various North American auto shows this year; Budd-e debuted in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Hyundai’s Ioniq won the production preview concept award. Buick’s Avista was awarded the concept car of the year prize as well as the title of most significant concept vehicle.