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Design Students: Opel Wants You To Create A 'Lounge In Motion'

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Screencap from Opel's design contest website

Screencap from Opel's design contest website

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Like Whitney Houston, Opel believes that children are the future -- of cars. The German subsidiary of General Motors has just launched a contest for design students, with the goal of creating a concept car that could one day roam the roads.

The contest rolls out in two stages. Stage one centers on the car's interior, with applicants submitting their design for what Opel calls a "lounge in motion":

Student designers in Europe are asked to create a car interior that is also a lounge, in other words, a lounge in motion. The car interior should fit the Opel/Vauxhall brand and accentuate both the emotional and rational aspect of the brand and its design language, sculptural artistry meets German precision.

(What happens when hipsterdom's current fascination with cocktail lounges fades? We can't say.)

Visitors to CarDesignContest.com can look at design submissions, comment on them, and even upload alteration suggestions. Stage two will follow a similar process, but it will center on creating an exterior to accomodate and enhance the interior.

Stage one of the contest should begin any moment now, and it will run through December 10, 2010. Stage two should begin shortly thereafter, with the winner(s) to be announced during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The contest is open to any design student -- in Europe. (Sorry, rest of the world.) The top prize is an internship with Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany, with other prizes for the first ten entrants and the best commenter. The site's not ready to accept submissions just yet -- in fact, you can still see the lorem ipsum dummy text in some sections. But we're sure they'll pull it together before March.

In the meatime, zip over to CarDesignContest.com and register. Good luck!

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