Understated, simple, even plain. Audi's design themes--outside of the S and RS lines, at any rate--are often a bit sleepy, but they're always tight, clean, and sleek. The 2012 Audi A6 is no different, winning recognition from the EyesOn Design award at the Detroit Auto Show this week.

The 2012 Audi A6 won the award for "Best Production Vehicle," and shows "strong feedback that we haev done our homework," According to Audi's head of exterior design, Achim Badstuebner.

Audi has won the award four times in the last three years. Previous winners include the Audi R8 V10 in 2009, and the Audi A8 sedan in 2010.

The A6 beat out other finalists including the Bentley Continental GT, BMW 6-Series Convertible, and the Hyundai Veloster to win the award.

For the full scoop on the 2012 Audi A6, read our preview and check out the live shots from the show in the gallery above.