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CDN announces finalists for Car Design Awards China 2010

Tue, 13 Apr 2010


CDN is pleased to reveal the finalists for its inaugural Car Design Awards which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony on 21 April in Beijing prior to Auto China.

The competition aims to inspire and develop the creative talent of China's students and assist them on the road to becoming professional automotive designers.

Thank you to all the student designers who participated this year, and congratulations to the following finalists (listed in alphabetical order) from 18 different design schools in China:

Liang Chen, Jilin University; Ke Guo, China Central Academy of Fine Arts; Bingyang Hu, Guangzhou Academy Of Fine Arts; Hongliang Huang / Kan Dai, Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Pengxiang Jia, Zhejiang University; Jun Jin / Jun Wang, Jilin University; Pan Jin, Tongji University; Zhao Jin / Shuchi Shi, Tsinghua University; Chuande Lu, Changchun Institute of Technology; Geng Li, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts; Na Li / Wenyu Cai, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts; Tianshu Li, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Hanwu Lin / Xiaolei Zhang, Jiangnan University; Yunlong Liu / Peng Jia, Jiangnan University; Dongzi Pan, Wuhan University of Technology; Kaiji Pu / Yuzhou Ling, Southeast University; Xiao Tan, Chongqing University of Technology; Cong Tian, Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Hui Wang, Fuzhou University; Yanchao Wang / Zhizhen Zhang, Shandong University of Art & Design; Zheming Xu, Tsinghua University; Xinglei Yao, Tianjin Polytechnic University; Ang Ye, Hubei University of Automotive Technology; Lei Zhang / Guangzhe Li / Zhuofei Fu, Jilin University; Baixin Zhao / Yilong Sun / Jingxian Chen, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute; and, Hui Zhou / Tening Hang / Cihong Fang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

A 12-strong judging panel of industry experts and design chiefs from both Western and domestic OEMs, reviewed all the competition entries by assessing the images and explanations provided by the students. The identity and origin of the work the judges reviewed was hidden behind a code number, thereby assuring unbiased results. Each judge then cast their votes for five projects (in first to fifth place) in each of five prize categories, and this enabled them to compile an initial shortlist of candidates. (The judges' shortlist, plus the line-up of finalists in each award category, can be viewed at the Car Design Awards China website.) Student projects were then awarded points according to each of the judges' placement and the overall calculations revealed the finalists. Those with the most points among the finalists will be announced as the winners at next week's awards presentation in Beijing. The five prize categories are: Best Exterior Design, Best Interior Design, Best Lifestyle Interior, Best Innovation, and Best Design in Harmony with China's Heritage. Such has been the calibre of entries, that the judges have now created an additional Judges' Special Commendation that will be announced during the awards ceremony.

Chairing the judging panel is Peter Stevens, the designer behind the McLaren F1 road car, Lotus Elan and Subaru Impreza P1 among others, and a visiting Professor of Vehicle Design at London's Royal College of Art. He is joined by a team of distinguished judges that includes:

Shen XiangChao, Chief Styling Designer, CH-Auto; Cai Qian, Head of the Shanghai Design Studio, Shanghai Volkswagen; Cao Min, Director of Advanced Vehicle Design, GM PATAC; Richard Chung, Vice President, Industrial Design, Consumer Research and Product Communication, Johnson Controls; Ding Yangfeng, Head of Design, FAW-VW; Double Du, Design Chief at PSA-Peugeot/Citroën China; Friedhelm Engler, Design Director, GM PATAC; Simon Loasby, Director of Design, VW China; Robert Walker, Design Manager, PSA-Peugeot/Citroën China; Tony Williams, Design Director, SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre.

Students were asked to work to one of the design briefs set by four automotive manufacturers: PSA-Peugeot/Citroën, GM PATAC, Volkswagen, and SAIC-MG. The design briefs requested the creation of a next-generation, luxury, Grand Touring sports sedan with electric propulsion; a small vehicle containing sufficient personal space inside a package which has the agility to move easily around China's crowded megacities; an integrated pair of vehicles for dual use both inside and outside of the city; and, a future product concept using the 'soul' of MG.

The prize-giving ceremony for Car Design Awards China 2010 will take place in Beijing on 21 April, just prior to the opening of the Auto China show. The prizes include all-expenses paid placements at the Northumbria University School of Design in the UK at the start of the 2010 academic year (commencing in September/October), and automatic finalist positions in the global 2010 Student Design Awards hosted by CDN's print magazine Interior Motives.

During their placements in the UK, the winning students will also take fully funded trips to Paris to attend the global Student Design Awards ceremony and visit the 2010 Paris motor show.

Finally, there are prizes worth over $2,000 in annual memberships as well as subscriptions to CDN and Interior Motives for the universities where the winners are enrolled.

The global Interior Motives Design Awards 2010 is now underway and one overall winner will receive a $5,000 prize plus the ultimate accolade – becoming the Interior Motives Student Designer of the Year. More information can be found at the Interior Motives Awards website.

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