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Chrysler hosts second annual design competition for MI high school students

Michigan high school students who have given in to the urge to doodle a car design in a notebook have the chance to turn that time-passing talent into prizes and design school experience in Chrysler Group LLC’s “Autorama High School Design Competition 2014.”

For contest rules and information, students can visit this page. Students can follow competition updates on Chrysler Group’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hash tag, #DriveForDesign.

The competition, open to high school students currently attending a Michigan public school, invites participants to explore their creative side and design a vehicle that satisfies the needs of young consumers while remaining eco-friendly. Students may pull from any of the current Chrysler Group brands for inspiration: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck, FIAT or SRT (Street and Racing Technology).

“We created this design competition a year ago as a way to creatively connect with the youth of the Motor City,” said Mark Trostle, head of SRT, Mopar and Motorsports Design, Chrysler Group LLC. “Now, with help once again from the College for Creative Studies and Detroit Autorama, we’re opening the competition up to all Michigan public high schools to showcase talent throughout the entire state and hopefully inspire new and aspiring automotive designers.”

Trostle earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies (CCS).

Student submissions must be hand drawn on a single sheet of white paper no smaller than 8”x10” and no larger than 11”x17” with the use of pencil, markers or paint. Contest entries must include the student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, school name and address, and grade level. Any additional information regarding the design can be included on a separate sheet of paper.

All entries must be received at Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office no later than Friday, January 10, via U.S. mail or e-mail.

The judging panel will include designers from the Chrysler Group Product Design, along with faculty from CCS.

Finalists in each grade will be announced on January 31. Winners will receive awards at a special presentation on March 7 at Cobo Hall in Detroit to help kick off the 62nd annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama.

Known as America’s greatest hot rod show, Detroit Autorama features nearly 1,000 exhibits of the most amazing hot rods, custom cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles from across North America.

Prizes for winners include iPads, automotive design courses, tickets to Autorama or a $2,500 scholarship to CCS.