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SAIC Roewe-MG Cup design competition winners announced

Wed, 16 Oct 2013

The results of SAIC's Roewe-MG Cup design competition are in, with East China Normal University student Sun Jiajun taking top honors with his 850 Celebration concept.

Themed ‘Roewe 2020: Elegant Confidence', the contest asked Chinese university students to design a future sedan, SUV or MPV for Roewe in 2020.

Coming in second behind Jiajun were Qian Junlin and Zhang Mingxi, both of Jiang Nan University. Their designs secured them a one-week visit to SAIC's UK Design Studio along with Jiajun and a scholarship apiece.

There were three students who won awards for third place and a third-class scholarship each. Ji Lin University's Liang Feng and Zhao Yingnan along with Tsinghua University's Huang Boyuan earned themselves a third-class scholarship each. They also secured visits to SAIC's Shanghai Design Center.

The ‘Entry' category winners were:

Chen Zhirui (Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts) – Roewe 2020 C concept  Zhao Ziwen (Wuhan University of Technology) – Roewe 2020 MPV Concept  Liu Yuan (Donghua University) – Roewe 2020 SUV Concept  Zheng Kaize (Tong Ji University) – Roewe 1050 Concept  Guo Kelin (North Western Polytechnic University) – Roewe Supercar Concept  Chen Xun (Wuhan University of Technology) – Roewe 550 GT ZEST Concept  Liu Chang (Beijing Technology and Business University) – Roewe W6 SUV Concept

In the ‘Excellent' category, the winning students were:

Yao Xiang Yin (Royal College of Art) – Roewe UNLEASH Concept  Wang Jing (China Academy Of Arts) – Roewe W7 Concept  Li Wu Peng (Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts) – Roewe Silk SUV Concept  Wu Wei (Inner Mongolia Normal University) – Roewe Force SUV Concept  Liu Weijie (South China University of Technology) – Roewe Glory SUV Concept Qiu Zhen (Jiang Nan University) – Roewe Cheng Xin MPV Concept

All shortlisted won SAIC Design priority hiring rights, giving them the opportunity to launch their design careers.

Over 330 individual designs were entered from over 80 design institutions in a six-month period, leaving SAIC some tough choices to make in picking the very best.

SAIC design experts judged entries on the principles of relevance, innovation, aesthetics and comprehensiveness and after several meetings chose one first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes and six winning prizes.

The competition was launched in an effort to tap into a new generation of young car designers and giving them a platform where they can show their talents. SAIC also hopes it will encourage the development of Chinese brands and support SAIC Design and Roewe brand design research.

Check out the gallery at the top to see all the winning projects.

By Rufus Thompson