Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ US Product Design Office has announced the winners of its 2018 Drive for Design contest – an annual national design contest, now in its sixth year, that challenges high school students in grades 10 through 12 to pen automotive designs of the sort that FCA’s own designers create when planning a new vehicle. This year, participants were tasked with designing a Jeep Wrangler for the 2030 model year, so we might just be seeing what Fiat Chrysler’s iconic, rugged off-roader could look like in a decade’s time.
The winners are:
- Eduard Cret – First Place: Student at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida
- Emily Bryson – Second Place: Student at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida
- Jinho So – Third Place: Student at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York
“Six years ago, we created the Drive for Design contest to create awareness about the various career paths available in automotive design,” says FCA North America’s Head of Design for Performance, Passenger Cars and Utility Vehicles, Mark Trostle. “We wanted to connect with young artists early in their curriculum and help guide them in the right direction to begin a career in automotive design. The creative perspective on all this year’s submissions were inventive and exceptional as you could truly see the inspiration, objective and emotion behind each concept.”
This year’s Drive for Design contest was conducted in partnership with EyesOn Design and Michigan’s Lawrence Technological University. Prizes include an exclusive look inside FCA’s Product Design Office, a two-week summer automotive design course at Lawrence Technological University, an all-expenses-paid trip to the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition, and some electronic tools that might prove useful to a budding designer: a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16, an Apple iPad, and Apple Pencil.
You can see all three of the winning Jeep Wrangler designs right here: