After seven years of E92 328i ownership, one of our co-workers recently acquired a 435i M Sport Gran Coupe. We’ve been looking at his car everyday since then, as we always park next to one another to minimize the risk of scratches on our doors. And while it took us some time to appreciate this particular design exercise, there’s no doubt this is a magnificent vehicle. It comes at no surprise that the 4-series Gran Coup recently won Auto Zeitung’s 2015 Design Trophy, along with the 2-series convertible. More details after the break.

**Official Release:** Two BMW models have won over voters with their exceptional design in the readers’ survey conducted by German motoring magazine Auto Zeitung. The design of the elegantly sporty BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe took the honours in the “Sedans / Station wagons / Vans” category, while the extrovert use of forms embodied by the BMW 2 Series Convertible won the day in the compact class. Elsewhere, the MINI 5-door, the BMW M3/M4 and the BMW X6 ranked among the top three most aesthetically pleasing models in the small car, sports car and SUV class respectively.

To decide the winners of the Design Trophy 2015, the editors invited readers of Auto Zeitung and users of []( to vote for the newly launched cars they felt represented the best design. More than 22,000 readers responded to the call to vote. The winners and runners-up in five categories were determined by the numbers of votes cast.

The outstanding quality of BMW Group design has earned a continuous stream of praise from the Auto Zeitung readership over recent years. Last year, for instance, they voted for the all-electric BMW i3 urban car, the sporty BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and the BMW 2 Series Coupe as the winners in their respective categories.