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2006 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge

2006 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge

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For the third time, theLos Angeles auto show is throwing down a challenge to the design departments of the major automakers. And this year, eight automakers are taking up that challenge — this year, to design a new vehicle that meets the environmental challenges of living in L.A.


A winner will be announced at the L.A. auto show in late November, but the eight entrants are on display now at — from a fuel-cell-powered Acura Le Mans car to a Volkswagen Nanospyder built at the microscopic level. Click the name of the concept to see all the sketches of the concept, and stay tuned for more from the L.A. Auto Show.



Bush Cheney

Bush Cheney

The Acura FCX 2020 Le Mans is the perfect test bed for new material development and clean energy that is ready to perform under the most extreme conditions.


By utilizing molecular nanotechnology, a compact fuel cell can be made possible, thereby making vehicle packaging efficient. New strong, lightweight materials derive from various sources and are 100 percent recyclable. The hydrogen fuel cell power plant tests its performance in the most grueling endurance race in the world — the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


The FCX is a notion of Acura’s commitment to a cleaner environment.


Honda Research & Development

Designers: Leon Paz

Joe De Natale

David Cheng








Looking far into the future, the Audi Dynamic Space Frame is an aerodynamic, stealth-like speedster that’s environmentally responsible and forward-thinking. The rapid prototyping manufacturing process of the Audi is streamlined by integrating parts and processes that are typically separate.


The Dynamic Space Frame integrates all fluid and electrical channels within the frame, a hydraulic fluid drive in place of a traditional driveshaft and suspension/body components filled with fluid that responds to electrical current to control the ride. A new level of individualization is achieved by its dynamic space frame made of an “all-inclusive” single material used for both the interior and exterior.

To offset the resources used for this concept, Audi purchased domestic wind power from Renewable Energy Choice and planted trees through Trees for the Future’s Global Cooling Program.


Volkswagen/Audi Design CenterCalifornia

Designers: Hans Chou, Toby Gilles, Tony Liu, Sabine Lapine, Jae Min, Heather Shaw and Mattijs van Tuijl






Saab Viggen

Saab Viggen

With Southern California being home to extreme sports, it’s easy to see why the Honda Extreme concept, with its recyclable sustainability, can appeal to each individual owner’s different life stages. The sporty two-passenger vehicle, featuring a pod-like cabin, consists of a honeycomb chassis made of polycarbonate that can accommodate various body styles. This allows the owner the ability to change the body panels easily and can be further modified at local Honda Sustainability Centers. At the end of the fifth year, the chassis can be recycled.


The Honda Extreme is a vehicle that “grows” with the owner.


Honda Research & Development

Designers: Nicholas David

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