January 24, 2003

Automotive design competition receives record number of entries

Toronto, Ontario – The second annual World Automotive Design Competition hosted by the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto reports a record number of entries this year. Sixty-eight entries, comprised of 90 students, from twelve internationally recognized design schools have entered this year’s Canadian automotive design challenge. The countries represented are China, India, Japan, Korea, England, Italy, France, Sweden, the USA and Canada.

The “Best Design School Award” will be given to the school with a body of entries that most consistently reflects the character and culture of the city where the students live and study. The winning school will take home a prize (TBD) and an original Inuit Inookshuk sculpture.

As well, a second award from Alias|Wavefront will be given to the student entry with the best overall computer generated presentation. The accomplished student(s) will receive a copy of the Alias|Wavefront’s DesignStudio software (retail value of $7,500 USD) and a cash prize of $1,000 USD.

“We are thrilled with the number of students who have submitted entries this year and with the high caliber of work and thought,” says Tom Tonks, General Manager, CIAS. “The AutoShow made the decision to add the two additional awards to better acknowledge the students’ efforts.”

Judges in the automotive design competition represent an impressive array of critics, historians, academics, design media, and active production and concept car designers. Jury members are in alphabetical order :

  • Robert Cumberford (Automobile and Auto & Design magazines)
  • Akira Fujimoto, (Chief Editor, Car Styling magazine)
  • Ken Gross (Automotive Industries and The Robb Report magazine)
  • Peter Horbury (Executive Director of Design, Premier Automotive)
  • Tom Tjaarda (designer of the Ford Fiesta, Ferrari California Spyder, de Tomaso Pantera and the Ferrari 330 GT)

Tom Matano, Director, Industrial Design Department, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, and former VP – Design, Mazda Motor Corporation will assist in the judging of these two additional awards.

Winners of the 2003 competition will be announced during a press conference Thursday, February 13th at 8:30 am near the design exhibit, displayed on the 700 level of the South Metro Convention Centre.

The entries and awards can be viewed at www.autoshow.ca. Just click on the design competition link located on the left hand side of the ‘Show Content’ page.

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