(cover image: the Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept)
The competition asks high school students currently attending a Detroit Public School the opportunity to design a future luxury Chrysler brand vehicle they envision for the year 2030.
Student entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. (EST) Friday, Feb. 8 to the school’s designated teacher or counselor.
From the official Press Release:
Competition sponsors include College for Creative Studies (Detroit) and hot rod show, the Detroit Autorama and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Managed by the Chrysler Group Product Design Office in Auburn Hills, Mich., student entrants are encouraged to draw inspiration from Detroit’s history and passion for the automobile, while reflecting upon the Chrysler Group’s popular “Imported from Detroit” marketing campaign.
“This year our product design team has been looking at creative ways to further support United Way for Southeastern Michigan as part of our overall corporate initiatives to help improve lives for people and communities in need,” said Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President – Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC.
“With additional help from the College for Creative Studies and one of the best custom car shows in the world–our own Detroit Autorama—we’ll hopefully inspire some new and aspiring automotive designers right here in our own backyard.”
Gilles earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and currently serves on the CCS Board of Trustees and Capital Committee.
Student submissions must be hand drawn on a single sheet of 14” x 16” paper with the use of pencil, markers or paint and include the student’s name, school, grade level and contact information.
Students have until 5 p.m. (EST) Friday, Feb. 8 to submit their drawing to their designated teacher or counselor at their school.
The judging panel will include designers from the Chrysler Group Product Design Office, along with faculty from CCS and Detroit Autorama.
“Transportation Design is an important program to CCS’s educational environment and to the life of the auto industry as a whole,” said Mark West, Paul and Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design at College for Creative Studies.
“Initiatives like the ‘Autorama High School Design Competition’ help us sustain the growth of the program. An important feat, in part, because our program supplies more automotive designers to the industry than any other school in the world.”
Finalists will be notified on Feb. 22. Winners will be announced at the special award presentation event on Mar. 8 at Cobo Hall in Detroit to help kick off the 61st annual Detroit Autorama.
Competition winners will receive the following prizes:
Freshman-junior class finalists:
- First place receives an iPad, summer automotive design course at CCS and three passes to Detroit Autorama
- Second place receives a summer automotive design course at CCS and three passes to Detroit Autorama
Senior class finalists:
- First place receives an iPad, summer automotive design course at CCS or $5,000 scholarship to CCS (if accepted), three passes to Detroit Autorama and a tour of Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office in Auburn Hills, Mich.
- Second place receives a summer automotive design course at CCS, three passes to Detroit Autorama and a tour of Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office