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Student Bodies: Designing the Future

When you visit the design studios of some vehicle manufacturers during the summer, you’ll notice that there are no fewer black-on-black outfits, but more faces that are decidedly...young.

When you visit the design studios of some vehicle manufacturers during the summer, you’ll notice that there are no fewer black-on-black outfits, but more faces that are decidedly...young. That’s because of the summer internship programs that are run. Recently, we had the opportunity to see the results of work done at both Chrysler and General Motors studios. And we would be surprised if we didn’t see some of these ideas incorporated into products in the not-too-distant future.

The brief at Chrysler was to design “Echo Boomer” midsized sedans for model year 2015, both Chrysler and Dodge vehicles. The results are surprisingly similar: both are hatchbacks with coupe-like rooflines and suicide-style rear doors.

At GM the challenge was a bit more focused but more near-term. The team of 18 students had to design an “iconic Chevrolet” for 2012—and they could not create a truck, Camaro or Corvette. In three months, they created six different concepts.

Here’s a look at the vehicles.—CAS & KMK