VW Talento 2009 Design Competition

VW Talento 2009 Design Competition

Volkswagen Brazil has revealed the winners of 11th edition of the ‘Talento Volkswagen Contest’, a competition open to university design students. The winners have received one year of traineeship at the company’s local Design and Development Center.


The theme of the 2009 contest was “Volkswagen Urban”. Participants were asked to create city cars for the near future, focusing on driving pleasure, and low ecological and social impact while paying attention to the vehicles’ movement and to a possible production.

VW City Exterior Sketch VW Goog Exterior Sketch
VW City concept by Cleber Santos Gonçalves VW Goog by Fabio Frare Garcia

The four winning proposals were based on innovative technologies, explored the use of new recyclable materials, and emphasized the importance of respect for the environment.

VW Talento Contest WinnersThe concepts feature extensive use of biodegradable polymers and composite materials with organic fibers, mainly for the inner door panels, seat covers and floor.

Given the main focus on a urban-type vehicle, the main attention was not paid to aerodynamics or performance, but to the use of electric and clean engines, and to innovative features such as height and length-adjustable wheels aimed at increasing the agility in urban environments and facilitating parking maneuvers.

Other explored concepts were the exchange of information and data via internet and tha application of nanotechnology for both the interior and the exterior.

Reported below are the four winners in the different categories:

VW Interior SketchShape category:

  • Thiago Carfi Pinho from IED University – with My project.
  • Fabio Frare Garcia from UNESP University – with GOOG project.
  • Cleber Santos Gonçalves from UEM University – with City Urban Concept project.

Color & Trim category:

  • Carolina Vaitiekunas Pizarro from UNESP University with Up To You project.

The  winners stood out among about 200 students. The finalists have passed three selections, including a practical test at the VW facility and a final presentation to a jury of experts.

The ten previous editions of the Volkswagen Design Talento Contest have awarded and trained 39 designers who currently work at the VW studios in  Brazil, or at the company’s German headquarters.

“Volkswagen opens the door to young talents who just need a great opportunity to develop and improve their skills,” has commmented Gerson Barone, VW Manager of Design & Package.

(Source: VW Brazil)

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