The Ener-G-Force concept vehicle, which carries the genes of the Mercedes‑Benz G-Class, demonstrated at the Los Angeles Auto Show just how this off-road classic could also influence the off-road design idiom of Stuttgart's premium automotive manufacturer in the future. The design study was clearly inspired by the G-Class, but represented a radical reinterpretation of this design icon that looks far into the future. Thanks to alternative drive systems, the Ener-G-Force was also designed to be exceptionally environmentally friendly and to demonstrate enhanced green-car characteristics – qualities which the design of the one-off-vehicle encapsulated in a visually very consistent manner.
The German Design Award was created by the German Design Council, a foundation established 60 years ago by the Federation of German Industry together with various leading German companies. At present some 200 design-oriented German companies, employing a workforce of more than 1.8 million employees, are members of the German Design Council.