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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2010 — Today, a tie was announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s 2010 Design Challenge. After much deliberation, the judges selected the Cadillac Aera and smart 454 WWT as the two well-deserved winners. The designs were selected for their comfort, safety and driving performance without sacrificing the styling consumers demand.Â This year’s theme challenged automotive design studios to envision a four-passenger, 1,000 lb. Car.
“Deciding this year’s Design Challenge winner was a tremendously difficult decision as the quality of entries has increased throughout the years,” agreed the Design Los Angeles judges.Â “This year’s winners the Cadillac Aera and the smart 454 WWT offer two very different visions of the 1,000 lb. Car, yet are equally as amazing. They are both very expressive of their brand; GM is art and science and smart is playful and fun.”
The Cadillac Aera 2+2 touring coupe utilizes a polyhedral, 3D lattice, mono-formed frame with a flexible pressurized polymer skin to optimize weight, aerodynamics and safety.Â The smart 454 features a chassis “knit” by high-tech robots out of carbon fibre, optimizing flexibility and strength.
Entries were judged by multi-discipline design professionals who selected the winner based upon not only meeting the weight constraint (1,500 lbs. maximum with occupants), but also for the artistic beauty, comfort, uniqueness of design, roadworthiness, sustainability, performance and user-friendliness of the vehicle. All of the entries for the 1,000 lb. Car delivered imaginative and detailed design stories.
The Design Challenge has become a highly anticipated competition where auto manufacturers’ Southern California design studios battle against each other to flex their creativity.Â Designers enjoy participating in the challenge because it is a strong venue to showcase their talents and further explore new ideas in automotive design.
Participating design studios included:
- General Motors Advanced Design California
- Honda Advanced Design Studio, Pasadena, CA
- Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Japan: Advanced Design Center Japan
- MAZDA Design Americas
- Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.: Advanced Design Center California
- Nissan Design America
- Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Germany
- Calty Design Research, Inc.
- Volvo Car Corporation: Monitoring and Concept Center VMCC
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