Friday, December 03, 2010

LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge

LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge

Each year for the past seven years, a topical theme is chosen and the major Southern California automotive design studios are invited to compete in the Design Challenge. For the first time studios from Germany and Japan will join the competition adding an international dimension to the contest. The highly anticipated challenge allows studios to flex their creativity and explore new ideas in automotive design.

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LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge Winner - GM Cadillac Aera
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 04:15:11 -0800; Duration: 3m 50s;
The Cadillac Aera (Aero + Era) launches Cadillac's philosophy of "Art and Science" into new territory by taking an innovative and stylistic approach to ultra-light weight vehicle design. Aera is a 1000 lb, 2+2 touring coupe, with a range of 1000 miles before refueling; attributes achieved without compromising size, capacity and safety.
LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge Winner - smart 454
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 01:44:11 -0800; Duration: 1m;
The Smart 454 is manufactured by incredibly high tech robots that look as friendly and cuddly as our grandmothers. The Tridion-frame (chassis), knit by "Smart Granny Robots" (otherwise know as SGRs), creates complex shapes and forms out of carbon fibre, enabling the geometry to be optimized in strength and weight.
LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge - Mercedes-Benz Biome
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 03:44:51 -0800; Duration: 3m;
The Biome: The Mercedes-Benz Biome is an ultralight vehicle that utilizes technologies from nature to achieve unparalleled efficiency and seamless integration into the ecosystem.
Mercedes-Benz Symbiosis: Mercedes-Benz Symbiosis is a system in which the vehicle becomes part of the ecosystem like the leaves of a tree. Symbiosis vehicles collect energy from the sun and store it in chemical bonds, in the form of a fluid called BioNectar4534. Mercedes has also developed technology to retrofit trees with receptors which can harvest their excess solar energy into BN4534. This creates an incentive to plant more trees and collect more energy, while also helping the ecosystem. The vehicle can be composted after its lifespan is complete or used as building material.
LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge - Volvo Air Motion
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 02:36:03 -0800; Duration: 4m;
Volvo Car Corporation: Monitoring and Concept Center VMCC -- Minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving enjoyment, is the philosophy behind the Volvo Air Motion Concept. Thousands fewer components are employed than in a traditional car thanks to the powerful, yet simple, compressed air motors. The Volvo Air Motion demonstrates the beauty and purity of Scandinavian design and delivers a guilt free, raw driving experience.
LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge - Mazda MX-0
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 02:01:11 -0800; Duration: 3m;
Mazda Design Americas -- With each component in the MX-0 redesigned to carry out the functions of several MX-5 components, a multitude of parts have been replaced with fewer, simplified ones, using innovative lightweight materials. With its ultra-light mass pushed by high-torque electric motors, the MX-0 delivers impossible acceleration and instant cornering. It's more like flying than driving.
LA Auto Show 2010 Design Challenge - Maybach DRS
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 01:46:25 -0800; Duration: 3m 53s;
Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Japan: Advanced Design Center Japan -- Leveraging values of the classic "Jin-Riki-Sha" (human powered rickshaw), the Maybach DRS "Den-Riki-Sha" (electric powered rickshaw) embodies the attributes of a radically new car culture in the near future. The result: A futuristic composition of ultra light construction with a unique luxurious exterior and interior expression. Powered by a self balancing electric drive unit and controlled by an onboard computer plugged into a mega city's transport infrastructure, the Maybach DRS delivers a smooth, luxurious journey cross town.
Design Challenge - Honda Air - LA Auto Show 2010
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Published: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 01:39:55 -0800; Duration: 1m 37s;
Honda Advanced Design Studio, Pasadena, CA -- The Honda Air concept is a vision of the future of lightweight and alternative fuel performance vehicles. Inspired by the modern roller coaster, as well as skydiving wing-suits, the Air is powered by a compressed air and pneumatic regulator system. At just under 800 lbs., the powerful anthem of pneumatic propulsion exemplifies Honda's concept of fun to drive. The pow[air] of dreams.

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