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Glass Car Design Challenge

PPG Industries presented the winners of its design awards back in Detroit. Check them out

Global supplier PPG Industries presented its Design Challenge awards at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. The annual automotive glass design competition called for students to design a vehicle for a 20-something male named Matt—a recent college graduate beginning his career—whose vehicle needed to be image-enhancing and reliable.

Taking inspiration from golf, bamboo charcoal and catamaran boats, 26 transportation design sophomores presented concepts that demonstrated the versatility of glass in providing unique styling as well as utility, comfort and convenience. Those student projects, supported by artwork and clay models, were then judged by a panel consisting of Brian Janik, designer, Nissan Design America; Brad Richards, Truck Studio design manager, Ford Motor Co.; and Roman Steven Yneges, senior creative designer, General Motors Corp.