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The shortlist for the 2017 Awards has been announced, click here for the full list

Car Design Awards China is one of the most important design contests in China, and is your chance to win a prestigious design award and launch your career in the car design industry. Now in its eighth year, this contest gives you the chance to work on real design briefs set by the world’s foremost carmakers.

The judges who assess your work are leading design directors at the world’s most successful carmakers. On this site you will find the briefs, details of how to enter, and the list of awards categories. Please also read the rules. We expect you to draw inspiration from many sources, but plagiarism will result in instant disqualification.


If your work is chosen to be part of the final shortlist, you will be invited to attend the Car Design Awards China ceremony which takes place alongside the 2017 Shanghai motor show. Finalists’ work will be carefully mounted on a bespoke display at the ceremony.

The most prestigious Award we present is for the Student Design of the Year. In 2016, Qoros Saley, by Zhang Lanyu of Jilin University, won. “A wonderful, playful design that has been beautifully presented,” said Volvo Group’s Asok George: “Simple, but with great appeal,” added JAC’s Lou Tik, while Great Wall’s Pierre Leclerq said: “This little thing is really very cool. The complete storyboard is very appealing and fits its characters very well.”

Many of our sponsors offer intern opportunities to the winning students, so this competition is an important career opportunity.

Here you can see all the results of the 2016 competition, and galleries of the students’ work.

We recognise that great talent requires great teaching, and each year we make a special Award to the design school that has had most success nurturing student development.

Good luck, and if you have any questions that are not answered on this website, please get in touch with us. The right person to contact can be found here.

Competition outline on this site

  • Design briefs set by OEMs
  • How to enter (entry is free to all students currently studying full time in any design discipline at a design school in China)
  • The rules of the competition

10 Awards categories and one Overall Winner
for 2017

  • Best Exterior Design
  • Best Interior Design
  • Best Luxury Concept
  • Best Eco Solution
  • Best Advanced Design
  • Best Digital Design
  • Best Mobility Solution
  • Best User Interface
  • Innovative use of materials
  • Best Design In Harmony With Chinese Society

And finally, from amongst the categories winners, the judges will choose one entry to become:

  • Student Design of the Year


  •  Entries close on 13 January 2017
  •  Shortlist announced on this site at the end of February
  •  Work of all the finalists (typically three per Award) displayed at the Awards ceremony in Shanghai, 18 April 2017
  •  Announcement of the winners