Buick and BASF have teamed up to sponsor a competition for students at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies (CCS).

Buick and BASF have teamed up to sponsor a competition for students at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies (CCS).

The students were asked to create a scale model of a 2030 Buick that addressed issues such as "the dramatic rise in urban populations, developing countries, nanotechnology and the role advanced materials will play in vehicle efficiency."

A panel of Buick designers selected the winners and Namsuk Lee's Vision Sedan concept came out on top as it won awards for best overall concept and best interior. Sam Kenny's Neo Classical Buick concept took top honors for the best exterior design, while Justin Salmon has praised for having the most innovative use of materials. Besides the special recognition, the winners took home $7,000 (€5,150) in awards - $4,500 (€3,305) for Lee, $1,500 (€1,100) for Kenny and $1,000 (€735) for Salmon.

According to Buick executive director of global design Andrew Smith, “The solutions these concepts offer are as unique as the future car designers at CCS who created them. For Buick, this project is an invitation for new insights and interpretation of our brand and the future portfolio of products we will offer.”

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