Car Design Awards Global 2015

14 September 2015
Moon13, Frankfurt

Deadline for entries
Shortlist announced




24th April 2015
Mid June 2015

Design briefs
Past winners



The 2015 shortlists have been announced, click here to see the full lists.

Don't miss your chance to take part in the new Car Design Awards Global competition. It's one of the most important events on the design calendar, and gives a huge opportunity for students to display their talent and fresh thinking to the world's top vehicle designers and automotive press.

For 2015, we're launching a new, expanded design competition. Formerly known as the Interior Motives Design Awards, the new Car Design Awards Global competition asks you to create both interior and exterior designs that will impress our judging panel.

Each of the four briefs has been created in close collaboration with co-sponsors Ford and Volkswagen, and each will require you to think creatively and originally in order to craft an entry that stands out from the crowd. The competition briefs are as follows (click for the full versions):

Automatic driving Car – AuDriC – this project concerns the design of an autonomous driving car with the following targets: In the year 2040 the role of the person in charge of ‘driving’ will have significantly changed...

Fusion of Public and Individual Transport – worldwide, big cities are increasingly developing and implementing mobility concepts that favour public transport as the first choice. The advantages are seen to be a reduction in the space required for parking, less traffic and a rise in the quality of living for residents...

Reinventing Mass Manufacturing – building a car from local materials – the end of mass manufacturing! New manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing are becoming more mainstream making it possible for consumers to purchase products that have been made especially for them or even build them themselves...

Super Simplicity – create a believable car that has just 10 interior parts. What experience do you create when you choose what is essential and what is superfluous?

Competition details

The competition closes on 24 April 2015. Entries can be submitted now, and the contest is open to anyone enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate design degree program, both in the automotive and non-automotive fields; those studying fashion design, industrial design, architecture and other areas are also eligible. Entries must have been designed during the current 2014/2015 academic year.

Awards will be made for a number of different design categories. The winner of each category receives $500, and the overall winner receives a prize of $5000. The chosen designers will received their awards at a ceremony on 14 September in Frankfurt, one day prior to the first press day of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Entries will be assessed by a judging panel comprising some of the biggest names in vehicle design, and members of the panel will be present at the awards ceremony, giving students unparalleled access to some of the most prolific designers working today.

We wish everyone who enters the best of luck and look forward to seeing some of you at the awards ceremony in Frankfurt on 14 September.


 2014 Awards Ceremony

Award for school success reflected in new CDN league table

Car Design News acknowledges that great teaching, as well as raw talent, is needed to shape the work of students on their path to being the next generation of car designers. Alongside awards for the best student work, we also have an award that recognizes the top schools. This is decided by the success of each school’s students in getting to the shortlist stage, becoming category finalists, winning an award or becoming the overall winner. The current holder of the award for Most Successful School is the College for Creative Studies, USA.

To back up this annual award, CDN has created a global league table of success among design schools. In it we assess their teaching performance by recording the results achieved by their students across the past five years of this competition. See the league table here.

Prizes for students will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best eco interior
  • Best use of technology
  • Best innovative interior
  • Best conceptual interior
  • Best production interior
  • Best ergonomics
  • Best conceptual exterior
  • Best artistic visualisation

One of these winners will be the overall 2015 Student Design of the Year.


Best Innovative Interior (sponsored by Volkswagen) & Student Design of the Year
‘Life Cycle’ – Jason Chen & Dirk Wan, College for Creative Studies (USA)

Hundreds of entries from dozens of schools: the competition process explained 

Selecting the shortlist From hundreds of entries from dozens of design schools across the globe, the shortlist will be made up of all the designs which received at least one vote from one judge. The judges will work individually in the quiet of their own studios in their locations in different parts of the world. The identity of the works they are reviewing is hidden behind an ID number, so that images and, often crucially, the explanation provided with them, are all that is assessed.

Down to sets of three In each of the awards categories, the three shortlisted entries with the most votes become the finalists. The judging panel will then gather in the summer to decide the winners through an intense round-table judging session. In a night which will mix the cream of the professional design community with the excitement of the students, the work of the finalists will be displayed on boards and on screen.
The winner is...  Each of the student finalists, and a friend, will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Frankfurt on 14 September 2015.  There, the winners in each category will be announced, and a trophy and cash prize awarded. And then, as the ultimate accolade, after all of the shortlisted winners have been re-assessed by the judges, one will be rated as outstanding. That is the Car Design Awards Global Design of the Year.  See the previous winning designs here.



  • Gold

  • Silver

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