SNEAK PEEK: We Got Photos From the 7 Finalists in the Detroit Autorama Design Contest

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Last Friday marked the deadline for entries in the Detroit Autorama Design Contest. BestRide got a sneak preview of the seven finalists. We heard that the winner is going to be announced on Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Entrants in the Detroit Autorama High School Design Competition 2015 were asked to “look to the future and design the next-generation Dodge vehicle for the year 2025.” Sketches were accompanied with a 500-word essay on what the Dodge brand means to them.

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The winning entry is scheduled to receive a $60,000 scholarship to the College for Creative Studies (CSS), one of America’s leading schools of art and design. There are also prizes for a three-week CSS summer automotive design course, Apple MacBooks and more.


Mark Trostle — Head of SRT, Viper, Mopar and Motorsports Design — is the chief judge for the competition. A similar design contest at the Detroit Autorama originally stoked his interest in automotive design back in the 1980s.

“It was the first competition I had entered and the only one. I know other guys in my art class entered. I wanted to win,” Trostle said in an interview with BestRide late last year.

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Alex Fischer won the contest last year. He told BestRide that the contest and the scholarship was the motivating factor in his decision to study automotive design, and it’s given him a greater appreciation for the other design disciplines that all coordinate together into a car’s interior and exterior. “At the time, I thought I had known exactly what I wanted to go to CCS for, to design automotive exteriors,” he said. “Now having been in the program for a semester, I have gained appreciation for other aspects of transportation/industrial design.”

FCA Corporate sent along the seven finalists.

Click any of the photos in the gallery below to see a the full-size sketch. 

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