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FCA US design contest winners

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA US announced the winners of the Detroit Autorama High School Design Competition at the Meguiar’s 63rd Detroit Autorama at the Cobo Center.


The FCA US (Chrysler) Design team joined forces with Detroit’s College for Creative Studies (CCS) and challenged U.S. public high school students to design a Dodge vehicle for the year 2025. To enter, students had to submit a hand-drawn sketches of their vision as well as a 500-word essay explaining what the Dodge brand means to them.

The four student winners were:

First place – Joshua Blundo, a senior at Moultonborough Academy in Moultonborough, New Hampshire

Second place – Conner Stormer, a senior at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Third place – Hwanseong Jang, a junior at Bloomfield Hills High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Fourth place – Dongwon Kim, a senior Homestead High School in Sunnydale, California

Mark Trostle, head of SRT, Mopar and Motorsports design, said it was hard to choose. “But the one that we selected for first place really had a great perspective, a dramatic perspective: it showed that Joshua knew how to draw around the vehicle; he put emotion into that.

“The design was very fresh and it had those Dodge elements that we were looking for. You know, it has a little bit of Challenger; a little bit of Charger; a little bit of, uh, a lot of, Viper into it but it spoke to what the Dodge DNA is all about.”

Among other prizes, Blundo received a $60,000 scholarship to the College for Creative Studies, contingent on his being accepted into the program.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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