January 12, 2005

Judges choose winners in Michelin Challenge Design contest

Detroit, Michigan – After two intense days of deliberation, six international jurors, including designers from leading European studios, selected the design concepts that will be showcased at the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) January 9-23, 2005.

The panel reviewed more than 160 designs from entrants in 50 countries and
selected those that best depicted this year’s theme: to create vehicles that
demonstrate the influence of German design, the events, people and icons that
have inspired the international automotive design community and the Bauhaus
principle “form follows function.” Their thoughtful deliberation resulted in
the selection of three full-size vehicles, 14 scale models and 28 computer-
generated drawings from 41 designers representing 20 different countries.

The Full Size Vehicles are Opel “Insignia”, Mercedes-Benz “F 500 Mind”, and Volkswagen “Concept R”.

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