2000 Isuzu Rodeo
2000 Isuzu RodeoEnlarge Photo
But no more, organizers say. This coming year marks a break for the
As a result, in 2006 there will be two Los Angeles auto shows, one to greet the New Year (from Jan. 6-15) and one just prior to the holiday season in ’06 (Dec. 1-10).
As it switches to a new date and a new focus, the show will once again spin off a Design Challenge competition. Inaugurated last year, the Challenge returns for the January show as an adjunct to the Design Los Angeles automobile designers’ conference also held during the show days. This year’s challenge will again help cast a spotlight on the
Too, the competition lets designers at the many West Coast studios established by automakers to break free from concepts that have future production vehicles in mind. “The Design Challenge is an exercise in free thinking and allows designers the chance to explore ideas without the restriction of production disciplines,” says Chuck Pelly, Design Los Angeles conference director and partner in The Design Academy, Inc.
This year’s Design Challenge pitted the West Coast studios in a competition to pen the best car for “An L.A. Adventure.” Included among them are commuter cars fashioned into urban-loft feel-alikes, a film festival on wheels, and a gourmet touring car that caters to drivers and passengers in at least two very different ways. And while none of the concepts are actually constructed in clay, fiberglass, or sheetmetal — it’s two-dimensional presentations only — this year’s designs are striking in their conceptualization nonetheless. The entries for the January 2006 Challenge include:
1999 Jaguar XK180
1999 Jaguar XK180Enlarge Photo
2000 Jaguar S-Type
2000 Jaguar S-TypeEnlarge Photo
An “urban loft with mobility,” the GMC PAD is easily the most fashionable way to live in your car yet conceived. The vehicle can operate in diesel-electric hybrid mode when on the go — but it can also generate power for its house features while parked. “Commuting is what other people do,” GMC offers up as the rationale for the radical concept, designed by a host of artists (Steve Anderson, Senon B. Franco III, Jay Bernard, Phil Tanioka, Sidney Levy, Brian Horton, Alessandro Zezza, Christine Ebner, and Frank Saucedo).
1999 Isuzu Trooper
1999 Isuzu TrooperEnlarge Photo