The first Peugeot Design Competition, which was announced last May, is set to have its winners announced on March 8. The competition, organised by Nasim and Automobiles Peugeot together with the New Straits Times, is offering college and secondary school students in the country a chance to design a car, in this case what is envisioned to be the perfect Peugeot for Southeast Asian markets in 2018.

After poring through hundreds of entries from university and college students across the country, the judging process has entered its final phase, with the jury set to pick the top three winners out of nine entries that have been shortlisted in the college category.

The judges – made up of representatives from the Malaysian Automotive Institute, NST, Nasim and Automobiles Peugeot – will also select the winners from the secondary school category out of five entries that were shortlisted.

The competition received excellent response from both secondary school and college students, with a total of 105 entries received from university/college students and 43 entries from secondary school students.

“The response we received for this competition is an indication that there is a strong interest in automotive design among students in Malaysia,” said Nasim COO Datuk Samson Anand George. “Our aim in this competition was to give students a platform to showcase their talent and creativity. With the results that have come in, we believe there are many students with a strong potential of becoming automotive designers,” he added.

For the competition, secondary school students were required to submit a design illustration mounted on an A3 or A2 board that included a perspective and package drawing and a description of the design in English.

University and college students were also required to participate in teams of two and submit a design illustration mounted on an A3 or A2 board. The nine shortlisted participants were required to submit a ¼ scale model of their proposed design.

The grand prize winner in the college category will receive a five-day, four-night all-expense paid trip to Paris and Peugeot’s Design Centre in Velizy for all members of the team, including the professor/tutor who oversaw the project. The winning team will also receive RM1,000, Peugeot merchandise worth 100 Euros and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

The second place winner will receive a five-day, four-night all-expense paid trip to Paris and the design centre, but in this case for only two members of the team, as well as 100 Euros worth of Peugeot merchandise and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

For secondary school students, the first place winner will receive an iPad 2 and Peugeot merchandise. The second place winner will receive RM500 and Peugeot merchandise, while the third-place winner will receive RM250 as well as Peugeot merchandise.