The 2013 Autostyle design competition is set to kick off in Mantua, Italy in just a few weeks’ time. Celebrating its 10th recurrence, the annual gathering comprises a 20-strong car show, a series of presentations from speakers from global automakers’ design centers and, of course, a design competition.
Hosted by Berman SpA, a manufacturer of vehicle components and accessories for automotive OEMs since 1972, the design competition will feature the works of 12 finalists who’s proposals were chosen a panel of jurors from Alfa Romeo, Audi, Ferrari, Fiat, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Volvo, Auto&Design magazine and the Università degli Studi di Firenze.
Tasked with creating ‘special versions’ based on the Citroën Revolte, Suzuki SX4, Audi Crosslane, Land Rover Defender DC100 and Maserati Ghibli models, the young designers will be awarded prizes in a number of categories devised by Auto&Design as well as awards for the best proposals for Urban Cars, SUV and Off-Road categories presented by Berman. Wacom will also be donating tablets to the designer of the best proposal as selected by Autostyle participants.
But the design competition is only half of what Autostyle is about.
After perusing an exhibition of 20 concept and production vehicles displayed on the pristine manicured lawns of the 19th century Villa di Bagno, attendees will also take part in two-day workshop-style presentations, where designers will showcase the latest models to come out of the studios they represent and discuss their creation before opening the panel to questions from participants.
This year the speakers include: Marco Tencone, head of design for Alfa Romeo and Maserati; Volvo’s new interior design director, Robin Page and ecxterior designer Jonathan Disley; Alfredo and Maria Paola Stola of Studiotorino; Alessandro Maccolini of Alfa Romeo; and Ferrari design director Flavio Manzoni.
Besides the regular motor shows, college exhibitions and design conferences held throughout the year, Autostyle has become a well-respected appointment for prominent figures in the international automotive design community. We look forward to bringing you our coverage of the event.