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For students: briefs, categories, judging

Autodesk is an exclusive software sponsor of the Awards and is providing free technical design products for you to use. To download, please go to here. Please note that the use of their software is optional, you can use any software to complete your design. 

BASF are sponsoring a new category for this year – Innovative use of materials. Go here to their guide to designing a new car, with some examples of where its materials have shaped the design of production cars.

2017 Design briefs

Your design should meet one of the following briefs. Your entry should include illustrations and a text statement explaining how the design works and meets the brief.

* Entries must include an interior and exterior design to qualify.


Brief 1


Dad, where are we going?
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In recent years China has taken a unique path in developing mobile apps and social media, giving access to so many aspects of your life on your mobile, wherever you are. Think about how to design a vehicle that fits in with the modern family…


Brief 2


Haval Dakar  
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Haval has raced in the gruelling Dakar Rally since 2012 and also competes in other rallies around the world. The car that competes in Dakar was never specifically designed for rallying, so this is what we would like you to design for this brief…


Brief 3

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The ultimate multimodal vehicle for smart, young customers (click for full brief)

It is 2030. Life is a balance. A balance between work and leisure, between family and friends, between city and countryside, between reason and passion…


Brief 4


Urban Electric Mobility
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We at JAC would like you to design an electric vehicle that caters for people living in a densely populated, futuristic urban landscape for the next generation. We are looking for an innovative, stylish concept that addresses any  potential problems we may face in the future and explores futuristic technologies and design languages….


Brief 5


Future ultra luxury Mercedes Benz electric vehicle
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Cast your mind forward to the year 2030. What does the future of luxury look like? Your task is to create a new Mercedes Benz vehicle for at least the year 2030, but we’d prefer if you challenged yourself to imagine a car for 2050…


Brief 6


Efficiency is the new elegance | NEXT GEN CROSSOVER for PEUGEOT in 2030
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Peugeot design is committed to provide a timeless elegance and faultless, human-centred concepts, expressed in an extremely precise and refined, sensual design language, resulting in a highly engaging and distinctive driving experience….


Brief 7


Volkswagen Group Autonomous Flying Pod
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In 2024 Volkswagen opened the first automated flying taxi service for cities in China. These autonomous vehicles land at special Volkswagen buildings across the inner city to collect and drop off customers.These flying vehicles can be pre-booked and can also land at people’s homes in the city suburbs…


Awards categories

Your entry should be submitted in one or more of nine categories (an entry may be submitted in more than one category)

  • 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 be awarded:

  • Student Design of the Year

The closing date for entries is 13 January 2017.



A panel of distinguished automotive and other designers will evaluate the entries for:

  • relevance to the brief
  • concept originality
  • design value and quality
  • developmental potential
  • presentation and explanation

See Register and submit for tips on the best ways of presenting your work.

The judging process comprises:

SELECTING THE SHORTLIST Each of the judges will review the entries and choose the best three, ranking them 1st to 3rd. The judges work individually in the quiet of their own studios in different parts of the world. The identity of the work they are reviewing is hidden behind a registration number, so the images and, often crucially, the explanation, are all that can be assessed. All entries which receive the votes of at least one judge will be on the shortlist. The shortlists for each category – without any ranking – will be publicised on this website at end of February 2017. Each of the shortlisted students, and their teacher/professor, will be notified and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

SELECTING THE FINALISTS From the shortlists, entries will be scored by allocating points on the basis of each of the judges’ rankings. The three entries with the most points will become the finalists. All the judges will sit together in Shanghai in March 2017 for an intensive roundtable judging session, debating and agreeing the winners for each category. One of the category winners will then be chosen by the judges as the overall winner – Student Designer of the Year. In the case of a tie, the Chairman of the Judges will choose the winner. The judges may choose fewer than three for the finalists.

THE WINNER IS… In a night which mixes the cream of the professional design community with the excitement of students, the work of the finalists will be displayed on boards and on screen at the Awards ceremony on 18 April, during the Shanghai auto show 2017. The winner in each category will then be announced.