Yes, it’s back – the Proton Design Competition 2015 is now on until September 1, 2015. The national carmaker is calling budding designers aged 13 and above to showcase their artistic chops, but it is now opening up the contest to established industry practitioners as well. As with last year, is the exclusive online motoring partner for the event, together with our Bahasa Malaysia sister site

This year’s theme calls for a concept car for a Malaysian family, one with a design that echoes the sort of technologies one might see in the next 20 years. The aesthetic should also reflect Malaysian lifestyles and values but with a global touch. As before, participants can utilise any medium they prefer, whether digital or pencil and paper. There are attractive cash prizes of up to RM15,000 to be won.

The competition is again divided into two categories, but the rules of eligibility have been tweaked for 2015. Category 1 is open to groups of up to three students each, between 13 and 17 years of age – entries must come with the endorsement of the respective schools’ principals or head teachers, as well as a school stamp.


Moving up, Category 2 is open to individuals aged 18 years and above; unlike last year, there’s no age cap. Only Malaysians are allowed to take part, and they must possess a valid Malaysian identity card.

Submission formats have also been changed – all participants must now submit exterior development sketches; these must be hand-drawn either using traditional media or a digital sketching tablet. This is in addition to the final illustrative renderings – either hand-drawn or 3D – that were required last year.

Category 2 entrants are also now required to provide a vehicle packaging diagram that illustrates the positioning of the occupants and the powertrain, along with 2D or 3D illustrative renderings of the interior.


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For the entry to qualify, participants must also provide a Design Brief in an A4 size paper containing the title of the design, the design concept and unique selling proposition of the car. Participants can submit a maximum of three (3) designs via mail only for this year; the entry form for the competition can be downloaded here (BM form here) or collected from selected Proton outlets nationwide.

This is great opportunity for Malaysian youths to be part of something that could define their future and possibly that of the local automobile industry. Time to start drawing!