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Welcome to HYCAN’s brand new professional design competition.

The competition is open to the public and challenges designers, artists and design organisations to submit their designs for the front fascia (the “face” of the car), the rear fascia, and the side rocker panels and wheels.

The winner will receive a substantial cash prize of 80,000 RMB (approx. US$11,600) and a commission on production vehicles sold. The second-place prize is 30,000 RMB (approx. $4,351), and the third-place prize is 10,000 RMB (approx. $1,450). Seven runners up will receive cash prizes of 3000 RMB (approx. $435).


Boundless & Minimalist | Exterior design for the next HYCAN car

The trend of car design varies but the minimalist style always leads to classic and lasts forever. In the era of electric vehicles, we expect to co-create the next minimalist HYCAN car with you.



(1 person)

Cash reward of approx. US$11,600
1st place certificate & trophy
Sales commission

(1 person)

Cash reward of approx. US$4,351
2nd place certificate & trophy

(1 person)

Cash reward of approx. US$1,450
3rd place certificate & trophy


Runners up
(7 persons)

Cash reward of approx. US$435

How to apply

Step 1

Familiarise yourself with the brief and the various entry requirements and complete the entry form


Step 2

Create your design accordingly

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Step 3

Submit both your finished brief and the completed entry form to:


Submission Requimetns

Format of design work:

  • All designs must be submitted in JPG format
  • Size: A3 (Horizontal), no more than 2 pages

All entries must be submitted by 24:00 (Beijing time), 10 September 2019
Company Profile

Based on the idea of “co-creation”, GAC-NIO is a user-oriented company that integrates vehicles and the Internet. The company not only produces intelligent battery electric vehicles, but also creates joyful life.

Founded in April 2018, GAC-NIO is jointly held by GAC Group, NIO, the founding team and employees. The company concentrates on R&D, marketing, and service of BEVs while providing premium and customized brand extension products to enrich the mobility experience.

The brand name "HYCAN合创" and the concept car were released on 20th of May, 2019. The first mass production vehicle is coming out by the end of 2019 and will be delivered in the first half of 2020.

“HYCAN” is short for “Here You CAN”. “合创” means “co-creation”. The company aims to achieve mutual success by integrating participants in the full value chain. The two white curves merge together and form an “eye” in the centre. The two curves with open ends imply connection in the full value chain and the eye creates a new view for the industry and users. The open structure emphasises the idea of openness and sharing.
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  • This campaign is open to the public.
  • The submission should be the first-time publication, and plagiarism or infringement is not allowed.
  • If plagiarism or infringement is found, the related participant will be disqualified, and the relevant impact is borne by the contestants entirely.
  • The property rights of the TOP 10 designs belong to GAC-NIO.
  • The rights not to award prizes would be reserved if no relevant prize winners were chosen.
  • If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact us via
  • GAC-NIO reserves the rights of final interpretation on specific rules related to the activity.
Company Profile

Q. What's special about this design challenge?
A. This is a design campaign for a mass production car model. HYCAN will put the Top 1 design into mass production if it is appropriate. Also, the winner will gain sales commission in accordance with the rules.

Q. How to download the task book, entry form and other related information?
A. There are two ways:
METHOD 1 - Visit CARDESIGNNEWS's official website:
(1) Click on the TOP BANNER to enter the event page;
(2) Slide down to find “HOW TO APPLY “, and click on the download link.
METHOD 2 - Visit GAC-NIO's official website:
(1) Click on the corresponding download link.

Q. Does the presentation must obey the design scope requirements?
A. We recommend you to design in accordance with the design scope. However, if you consider adjusting the design will better express your idea, it is recommended to submit one proposal that is consistent with the requirements, and an additional one that you think is ideal.

Q. Are there specific requirements for the contents and perspective and visual effects of the design panel?
A. There are no specific requirements, but please note that your design should be as full and accurate as possible.

Q. Can I submit multiple designs?
A. We encourage participants to submit proposals in a number of different directions; Please note that the proposals need to be submitted separately, and the files should meet the following requirements: 1-A3 (horizontal layout) ; 2 - no more than 2 pages; 3- each proposal is named according to “designer’s name – proposal’s name"; 4- complete the registration form (each proposal has its own entry form); 5- each file should be within 50M;

Q. If the proposal is selected, does the corresponding participant need to fulfill the data and model making?
A. We will invite the winner to participate in the modeling optimization, refinement and modeling review according to the schedule. The specific implementation of data and model will be done by HYCAN design team.

Q. Can I participate in this challenge on behalf of the company?
A. Yes, this event is open to companies and individuals; When participating in the name of company, information like company’s design directors or team leaders should be filled in the entry form, and the company profile should be attached in English or Chinese).

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