The third annual Car Design Awards China competition came to an end earlier this evening as the winners of the 10 categories were announced along with the nomination for 2012 Student Designer of the Year – Xiao Hangjie, a student at Hunan University.
The awards ceremony was held at the studios of CH-Auto in Beijing in the presence of an audience of renowned designers and judges from both domestic and international OEMs, with esteemed designer Chris Bangle acting as master of ceremonies.
‘Smart Cellula’ by Sun Yue, Zhou Yiwei and Mou Cong was the judges’ pick for ‘Best Innovation’
At the concluding judging session held in Beijing in March, one of the judges, Simon Loasby, Director of Design at VW China, said, “It was so difficult for us to decide on a winner, the entrants were so strong. On one hand we had very creative, out-there designs, and on the other brilliantly-resolved products.”
Olivier Boulay, Vice President at Daimler’s Advanced Design Center, added, “China is reinventing itself, which gives huge scope to be creative. It’s our job to encourage this direction and let these designers fly a little bit into future.”
Daimler, GM, JAC, Nissan and VW provided competition briefs. Winning students won a two-week fully funded placement at one of five international design schools – CCS, Coventry University, IAAD, Strate College or Umea Institute of Design.
Student Design of the Year and Best Virtual Design
Premier competition sponsor and sponsor of Student Designer of the Year: CH-Auto
Sponsor of award for Best Virtual Design: Dassault Systèmes
‘Petal’ by Xiao Hangjie, tutored by Xiao Dihu, Hunan University
The pure, refined look of the vehicles, void of excess elements impressed the judges, while the interior was perceived to have ‘great energy and motion’. Simon Loasby concluded that ‘Petal’ was simply “super-elegant, luxurious and clean!”
Best Interior Design
Sponsor: Johnson Controls
‘Flow 90c’ by Huang Hongliang and Wang Bolun, tutored by Yuan Huaxiang and Huang Zhaohui, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Richard Chung, vice president of Industrial design, Craftsmanship & Consumer research (Asia-Pacific) at Johnson Controls, said, “It’s got everything – a little of the China factor, a little of innovation, a little pizzazz in the interior – a delightful package.” The harmonized design character between the exterior and the interior was also met with approval.
Design in Harmony with China’s Heritage
Sponsor: Eagle Ottawa
‘Kylin’ by Wu Jingwen, tutored by Edward Wong, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Daniel Darancou, Chief Designer at CH-Auto, said the design was “a purposeful re-interpretation of the Kylin character, capturing the graphic expression not only on the face of the vehicle but throughout. The use of silk in the interior has a nice traditional touch.” The well-executed proportions combined with a ‘fantastic’ balance of old and new helped make ‘Kylin’ the winner in this category.
Best Luxury Concept
‘Mamonth’ by Gao Zhiqiang and Liu Shun tutored by Huang Zhaohui, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Andreas Wlasak, Vice President of Design at Faurecia, said, “Simply the most complete design proposal for its interior and exterior, its design details, its good surfacing and its overall proportions.” Gert Hilderbrant, Head of Design at Qoros Auto, commented that the design was “decorative and definitely designed for China.”
‘Smart Cellula’ by Sun Yue, Zhou Yiwei and Mou Cong, tutored by Pang Ming, Shanghai Normal University
The judges were enthusiastic about this design. Philip Nemeth, Head of the Transportation Design and Mobility Department at Strate College, called it “an amazing piece of jewelry for a super-futuristic capsule for smart mobility. The design is light and fresh but also adds a premium touch.” Imre Molnar, Dean of the College of Creative Studies, praised the “great use of fabrics especially if they were recycled.”