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Infiniti Captures People’s Choice Award at LA Auto Show

Brand’s Synaptiq design bests teams from around the globe.

by on Nov.24, 2014

Infiniti's Synaptiq won the first-ever People's Choice Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.

Infiniti’s take on what the car of the future might look like netted its design team the People’s Choice Award in the 11th annual Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.

Several design teams created vehicles that sought to answer the question: how will cars interact with us in 2029?

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The luxury brand’s team answered it with the Synaptiq, a race car for a vehicle triathlon called the A.R.C. Race, which includes air, rally and circuit competitions. (more…)

L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge Focuses Light Weight

by on Oct.28, 2010

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Vehicle weights have been going up for years as consumers demand more features, the government pushes stricter safety regulations and designers seek stiffer vehicle structures.

So for this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge, organizers asked design studios to envision a 1,000-pound, four-passenger car. It had to be comfortable, be capable of meeting government safety regulations and have satisfactory driving performance and styling to meet consumers’ demand.

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It’s a daunting challenge. The government wants ever-improving safety and buyers want everything from more features to better handling, meaning stiffer and heavier chassis.

Previously, the award was focused on the Southern California design community. But this year, Mercedes-Benz studios in Germany and Japan contributed to give the competition to add an international perspective.


Automotive design contest seeks light vehicle ideas

The Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge winner will be unveiled during auto show press days.

by on Aug.18, 2010

Lotus did a design study of the Toyota Venza crossover showing how it could reduce vehicle weight by 38 percent with just 3 percent more material cost.

Consumers want more fuel-efficient vehicles and one way to help is to make vehicles lighter.

With that in mind, this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge asks design studios to envision the 1,000 pound, 2+2 vehicle that is both comfortable and secure, while delivering satisfactory driving performance without sacrificing the emotional connection and beautiful styling consumers demand.

Design challenge!

For the first time, participating design studios from not only the U.S., but also Germany and Japan, will compete against each other to showcase their talents. Design studios from General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz Germany (Smart), Mercedes-Benz Japan (Maybach), Mercedes-Benz U.S., Nissan, Toyota and Volvo will explore new ideas in automotive design as they contend for this top annual design honor.