Design Contest: Car Design Awards China 2014 announced
by CDN Team    14 Oct 2013
The 2013 awards were presented by Chris Bangle. Click for larger images
Guo Jiayi picked up the awards for Student Design of the Year and Best Lifestyle Design
He Shengfan picked up the award for Best Interior Design
Wu Yulian and Liu Kefeng's submission, which won Best Luxury Concept
Yang Junkai studying at the Changchun University of Technology was the recipient of the award for the 'Best Innovation' award


Student designers in China are invited to enter the CDN competition dedicated to identifying the most promising talent of the country's automotive future. The fifth annual Car Design Awards China are now open.

Briefs are being set by a range of OEMs - including VW, JAC and Qoros - and are published in full on the competition website. Others will be announced over the next few weeks, including one from UD Trucks, a Volvo brand which is entering the Chinese market.

Guo Jiayi's 2013 submission impressed the judges so much that the Best Lifestyle Design award was given alongside the Student Design of the Year award
Zhang Jianyu and Chai Peisen of Yanshan University were awarded the 2013 Best Exterior Design Award for their submission 'X-Liberty'
Su Ao, tutored by Liu Long at Tongji University, beat off the competition to be awarded 'Best Design in Harmony with China's Heritage', a tricky category to judge
The award for 'Best Production Model' went to Yu Shupeng, Chen Rui and Zhu Zhengao
A team comprised of Cheng Yongsheng, Zhou Mingguang and Zhang Lei won the award for 'Best Eco Solution'
Huang Wei, tutored by Huang Shiquin at Shanxi University, picked up the gong for 'Best Virtual Design'

The competition is open to full-time students studying a design discipline of any kind in China. A panel of distinguished senior designers, both domestic and international, will judge their entries. The closing date for submission is 10 January 2014.

The Awards will culminate in a glittering prize-giving ceremony held on the evening of 18 April 2014 at the CH-Auto studio in Beijing, just before the opening of Auto China 2014 (the Beijing motor show). The work of all the finalists will be on display at the Awards ceremony.

There will be winners in nine Awards categories. From them the judges will select one overall Student Design of the Year, who will win a fully-funded placement at CCS in Detroit in the summer of 2014.

League of success

Students from no fewer than 136 different design schools registered for the 2013 competition, whose results were announced at a ceremony held just prior to the Shanghai auto show this past April.

In fact CDN has been tracking the schools which have tutored the students with the best entries over the four years of this annual competition, and has created a league table of their success. The league rankings use a scoring system based on which students achieve shortlisted, finalist and winner status.

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) tops the updated league, ahead of Tsinghua University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. A strong showing by its students last year saw Jilin University moving up one place to fourth in the latest table, replacing Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, which dropped from fourth to sixth, and ahead of Jiangnan University, which dropped from equal fifth to eighth.

Some 44 schools have produced at least one student who has made a judges' shortlist over the past four years. See the full league table on the competition website.

In the same vein, the 2014 competition will again acknowledge and publicise the teachers and schools of the winning entrants, recognising that raw talent alone is not enough when seeking to become a professional designer of the future.

Car Design Awards China is sponsored by IAC and other leading suppliers to the industry and to the design community.

To find out more about the contest and to register please visit the competition website.

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