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DoMiNo
12-15-2008, 05:19 AM
Thanks again for the votes, guys! Here are three topics (a couple of them taken from the ideas thread...thanks for the inspiration guys!):


The Next Pagani
With its wild Zonda, Pagani has managed to transcend its small size, quickly shedding its boutique manufacturer image and joining the ranks of the world's preeminent supercar manufacturers. This pedigree is threatened, however, by the massive development budgets and quicker turnaround times of (closely neighboring) companies like Ferrari and Audi-backed Lamborghini; as cross-town rivals throw new competitors into the ring, Pagani makes do with endless variants of its sole model. A totally new Pagani is necessary to do battle with the Italian heavyweights.

A Future for Lagonda
Aston Martin's recent announcement that it would be reviving the Lagonda nameplate took the motoring world by surprise. So far, no one is sure what approach A-M will take with its new model line. Will Lagonda be a platform to take AM more mainstream, or will it function as an even more exclusive brand accessible only to the world's mega-rich? Will it be a purveyor of sports cars, like its close relative, or will its focus remain on sedans, even SUVs? Show us what direction you would take with this storied marque.

Pickup Truck Design Contest
The ups and downs of the general market notwithstanding, there will always be a need for an honest-to-goodness pickup truck. Nowhere else is this more apparent than in North America, where pickup trucks have historically constituted some of the most popular (even the most popular) model lines. Consumer needs have evolved, however, and despite cutthroat competition among major automakers (including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, and Nissan) the differences between models are frankly superficial. This segment needs a revolution. In an uncertain economy marked by tremendous fluctuations in oil prices and vastly differing customer desires, what will be the next truck to truly stand out from the pack?

Vote on your preference and we'll get this contest rolling! Thanks all!

Superfresa
12-15-2008, 05:23 AM
Haha. I only want to do the Truck one. So I vote for the truck! Too many design contests (not necessarily just oin CSS) are about supercars and I appreciate something more down to earth :)

PRODIGY
12-15-2008, 04:35 PM
All of the contest ideas sound good!

Voted for Lagonda only because I can't wait for another British brand to come back.

Both the Lagonda and Truck idea give us a blank sheet of paper.. the truck one as we can pick any brand, and the Lagonda one because there's a whole new design language that we can create!

Rob
12-19-2008, 03:07 PM
Lagonda for me, too!

DoMiNo
12-19-2008, 04:56 PM
Thanks for the votes, guys! Truck contest it is; I'll have it up shortly.

DoMiNo
12-19-2008, 06:46 PM
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These times have taken their toll on buyers, however, and consumer needs have evolved accordingly. Truck buyers are increasingly discerning in their criteria; tow ratings, load capacity, and offroad ability are still paramount, but the market now demands the same quality expected of a luxury car, high feature content, better fuel economy, and innovative solutions to storage and hauling problems. To say nothing of style. And despite cutthroat competition among major automakers (including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Toyota</st1:place></st1:city>, and Nissan) the differences between models are frankly superficial, with horsepower wars and battles for payload supremacy overshadowing a lack of any genuine innovation. <o:p></o:p>
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This segment needs a revolution. In an uncertain economy marked by tremendous fluctuations in oil prices and vastly differing customer desires, what will be the next truck to [I]truly stand out from the pack? What will be the next “killer app” to define a new, evolving generation of pickup trucks? You may design a pickup truck from any manufacturer, be it a real automaker or one of your own creation. It must be brutally stylish and immensely capable, but must also bear in mind consumers’ changing priorities.<o:p></o:p>
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Best of luck designers, I’m excited to see what you come up with!

This contest will close January 3. <o:p></o:p>

BryanRW
12-19-2008, 10:56 PM
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll231/brera16/NewFordRanger.jpg
Copyright ©2008 Bryan Campbell

Superfresa
12-20-2008, 02:20 AM
Good effort Bryan, and very quick!

Just as a suggestion, dont use ordinary markers in your work. It doesn't permit you variation of tone. I do like the design a lot though. Tough but well matched to Ford's kinetic design language,

Rob
12-20-2008, 09:36 AM
Yes, I'm rather impressed too.
I can't take my eyes off the bold, tough-looking, Kuga-like front end.
I will have an entry up soon. ;)

Rob
12-20-2008, 12:13 PM
Mercedes-Benz X320 CDI

It's a pickup... with no frills. Compact, cheap, relatively basic, it's the leader of The Pickup Revolution.

... and because of it's large engine, it shifts.

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr33/FocusRob1990/100_2844.jpg


Stats:

-3.2-litre diesel engine
-0-60mph in 11 seconds
-120 mph
-50mpg
-£9,999

swizzle
12-20-2008, 04:10 PM
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll231/brera16/NewFordRanger.jpg
Copyright ©2008 Bryan Campbell

I do think this could show up tomorrow as the next Ranger. I don't think Americans will abandon the pickup as personal transportation, but I think they would migrate to a smaller pickup if they had better choices. This is done really well.

SV
12-20-2008, 04:52 PM
i'd like to try my hand at a new ranger, but on the other hand i've been toying around with the idea of a new montgomery pickup; i could make my entry a detroit concept debut as well...

NelsonDesign
12-20-2008, 11:02 PM
This is the first project I have REALLY taken seriously, hope you like it...
http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/8951/pickupprojecter6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

DoMiNo
12-20-2008, 11:10 PM
Wow Nelson, way to go! It's clear that you put a lot of thought into this and it's nice to see the thought process here. Very good work.

NelsonDesign
12-21-2008, 01:37 AM
Thanks dom, I'm proud of this entry

BryanRW
12-21-2008, 05:15 PM
Good effort Bryan, and very quick!

Just as a suggestion, dont use ordinary markers in your work. It doesn't permit you variation of tone. I do like the design a lot though. Tough but well matched to Ford's kinetic design language,

Thanks for the positive comments guys:cool:

Superfresa what kind of markers do you suggest?

Superfresa
12-22-2008, 01:40 AM
Excelent entry Nelson! Very innovative and unique.

Bryan, I would reccomend the use of Copic markers or ad markers. They are a bit pricey but they allow variations in tone and its what real designers use proffessionally :)

If you cant afford them, nothing wrong with using normal colour pencils. You can get really good results.

You could also try this: grind pastels down to fine powder - only do a little bit at a time. Then, add a little bit of talcum powder and mix it up well. Then use that, on a piece of cotton or something. The results are really good! I dont do it much though, mainly because I cant be bothered carrying around pastels and talcum powder and then mixing it! :P And because I have Copic markers.

swizzle
12-22-2008, 04:38 AM
Nelson: Very nice design indeed though a little too conceptual for its own good at the same time. Pickups are inherently down-to-earth conveyances. That said, it points directly to the need to redefine what a pickup can be and that redefinition will be a stylistic break.

NelsonDesign
12-22-2008, 07:02 PM
Excelent entry Nelson! Very innovative and unique.

Bryan, I would reccomend the use of Copic markers or ad markers. They are a bit pricey but they allow variations in tone and its what real designers use proffessionally :)

If you cant afford them, nothing wrong with using normal colour pencils. You can get really good results.

You could also try this: grind pastels down to fine powder - only do a little bit at a time. Then, add a little bit of talcum powder and mix it up well. Then use that, on a piece of cotton or something. The results are really good! I dont do it much though, mainly because I cant be bothered carrying around pastels and talcum powder and then mixing it! :P And because I have Copic markers.

Nelson: Very nice design indeed though a little too conceptual for its own good at the same time. Pickups are inherently down-to-earth conveyances. That said, it points directly to the need to redefine what a pickup can be and that redefinition will be a stylistic break.

Thank you guys

Rob
12-22-2008, 07:12 PM
Nelson, it's a very striking design and you've obviously put a lot of effort into it.
Well done, for breaking the mould!

mrfdesign
12-23-2008, 10:45 PM
Heres my entry:

Relatively quick sketch so nothing special. Its my rendition of the next Nissan Hardbody. More Rugged, more power, more style and more appeal. Some design cues inspired b the 370Z. First time i've done a pick up lol hope its not too bad.

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/1500/23122008141gj7.jpg

SV
12-23-2008, 11:34 PM
looks great mrfdesign, your technique reminds me alot of domino's (no bad thing). the design is good from the B-pillar forwards, but the rear quarter window is a bit odd on a pickup, and shouldn't there be a separate cab?

mrfdesign
12-23-2008, 11:57 PM
Thanks SV :) . Yeah it looks a bit odd i guess. My first attempt at a pick up so yeah :)

swizzle
12-24-2008, 02:50 PM
mrf: I like the nose and the doors 9/10. The bed area drops down too much to the point of looking like its sagging. Getting rid of the quarter window and raising the bed would really make the entire truck 9/10.

PRODIGY
12-24-2008, 05:32 PM
Some great entries so far!

I've got a dilema!...

Drawn a load of sketches, and done 2 neat drawings so far, and I really don't know which to enter or wether to develop one of the sketches!!

The 2 neat ones are a Dodge Ram 'Revolution' and a Mitsubishi L300 Warrior, and i've sketched a cool small Ford pick-up, a Clarkman, and various other random trucks!

Whichever I pick, i'll aim to get it posted when I finish work at 10pm GMT

chaku
12-24-2008, 06:20 PM
i have to agree.

mrfdesign,the truck is well composed except the truck bed.it was positioned to low.it should be in line with the waist line.u should keep the flow and continuity of the waist line.cheers

mrfdesign
12-24-2008, 07:02 PM
i have to agree.

mrfdesign,the truck is well composed except the truck bed.it was positioned to low.it should be in line with the waist line.u should keep the flow and continuity of the waist line.cheers

Thanks man. Yeah it looks awkward near the rear. Oh well next time i do a truck i wont do that again lol

PRODIGY
12-24-2008, 11:49 PM
Well I decided to go with the Mitsubishi, as it's the most radical, and this contest is about a revolution in the truck world so....

The new L300 from Mitsubishi. A new type of truck which maximises interior space meaning that this double cab pick up takes up the same amount of road space as a single cab! 2 trim levels are on offer, the Evo inspired Warrior, with it's striking front end and spoilers. This is a must for people who want rally inspired style on their truck. The other trim level is the 'no frills' Utility, with less fancy lights and no spoilers. The Utility also features a rubber grill divider.

Prices to be announced soon, but expect the Utility to undercut ALL of its rivals in every market. Engines range from economical D4-D diesel engines up to 2.5 Petrol engines. A high powered diesel is currently under development. All engines provide a perfect blend of economy and speed, thanks to the L300s low kerb weight.

MITSUBISHI L300 WARRIOR

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb251/adythesaxoman/car%20drawings/scan0002-1.jpg


MITSUBISHI L300 UTILITY

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb251/adythesaxoman/car%20drawings/scan0003-1.jpg

__________________________________________

The Utility was rushed, and was merely a quick case of flipping my drawing over and using the same lines. Hasn't scanned too well... staying at my parents over xmas and their scanner is not as good as mine lol!

ross82694
12-25-2008, 04:17 AM
Wow. That's the first truck I can imagine driving through Tokyo and not looking like an Asian redneck. I'm not sure, but I think that might be your best design yet, but I'm not too sure or familiar with your prior work.

Great job.

LamboMan
12-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Nelson - Man your truck has a really out of the box design and its really superb! very well thought out and executed.....your best yet! :)

Mrf - Now that is one neat design man. It's got a very Domino-like quality to it, as mentioned earlier. That's the first thing i noticed when i saw it. Great grille design and solid doors! And it's a really really clean sketch. But.....OK i wont talk about the rear since i think you've heard enough about it. ;)

PRODIGY - Really really really out of the box design man! The design is pretty funky and i like it. Looks like the car is really pissed off and wants to eat somebody for lunch....LOL:lol: ;)
Anyway it has that Asian look and feel to it which is good. The design reminds me a little of the Eclipse GT. Very good sketch. Your shading is nice.

mrfdesign
12-26-2008, 01:04 PM
Heres my comments for the entries so far:

NelsonDesign: Well thought out entry. I can see you out alot of time into this and it shows. Very neat drawings. One thing i have noticed with your designs is that they're very 'smooth' , which is no bad thing but i think sculpting your designs a bit more would really boost your designs up quite a bit. Give some more surface definition and your brilliant design brain will do wonders. Now back to your truck! The doors are super cool ;) and i like the rear. The front not so much. Great entry man

Cosworth: The idea of a Mercedes pick up , to me, is crazy lol. And to put (no frills, cheap etc) in context with a Mercedes is just not right. In terms of design its very basic. A simple pick up shape with C-Class lights. I know your still learning the ropes but you need to push yourself more if you want to improve. Get more creative even if it ends up looking odd, sometimes you'll discover something worth while

Prodigy: Personally i think you should've entered your RAM instead of this. Im not a huge fan of this Mitsu. It seems a bit rounded and cab forward. The grille is also much too large for my liking and the spoilers are a bit too boy racer for a pick up haha. I like your RAM and wish you'd have entered that!! o well :) its not a bad drawing its just not a design i like, but it seems im the only one so far so good luck !:)

Rob
12-27-2008, 04:17 PM
I fully understand you're comment mrf, but Mercedes make vans:
http://www.fleetlineoffers.co.uk/dimages/offer/Mercedes_vito_1.jpg
and lorries, so there's nothing wrong with a picup Merc.
It's a basic Merc, but it's a pickup revolution. That's the point.

SV
12-29-2008, 06:51 PM
very impressive design prodigy! i love it. it screams mitsu in a very good way and the monocab look is distinctive and innovative, though some explanation as to how it's possible would be nice; i'm guessing the engine is located under the cabin, like in the first-gen toyota previa and some of the older japenese utility vans?

also the perspective is probably your best yet. great work overall, i think you've got my vote ;)

i've pretty much finalized my design, it's going to be a pre-production concept of a montgomery pickup to go head-to-head with VW's robust. i just need to determine the rear end styling and what the lower air dam up front will look like, and i'll be ready to post a final =D

Rob
12-29-2008, 08:17 PM
About time I posted my opinion on the last two entries:
mrfdesign: Very nice, but I'll echo other comments about losing the rear quarter window. A nice, rugged design, though. :)
PRODIGY: Brilliant, very different, the cabin reminds me of a Mitsubishi i (a good thing!).
Although, if I were you, I'd ditch the spoiler, but that's just 'cos I'm sleeper-mad. ;)

Matski
12-30-2008, 01:12 AM
Errm, bit of a hack job... first submission so be gentle..

http://www.formulajuan.net/conceptx4.jpg

BMW X4...

Rob
12-30-2008, 10:38 AM
In a word... rugged. The BMW off-roader face seems to suit it well.

Superfresa
12-30-2008, 03:35 PM
Gah, with so many end of year things happenning, I'm struggling to finish mine but I'm doing what I can!

At this point I can only say it comes from a very unlikely manufacturer which isn't the most, erm, design oriented company. But who have ample experience in this type of vehicle.

Great entries Prodigy and Matski, two very interesting ideas indeed!

Matski
12-30-2008, 07:47 PM
Well I wanted something that looked like it might actually handle the workload, rather than just being a euro pick-up. I wanted to spend a little time on this with it being my first one and all, but have really bad man-flu at the moment so lost concentration after hour or two.

swizzle
01-02-2009, 12:44 AM
Man flu? What is that? :confused:

ParanoidAndroid
01-02-2009, 06:17 AM
I'll try to get mine ready

PRODIGY
01-02-2009, 12:15 PM
Man flu? What is that? :confused:

It's a joke expression that came about after the bird-flu epidemic. Dunno about other places, but in the UK we call females 'birds'. So women get 'bird flu' and men get 'man flu' which ofcourse is 100x worse and we need nursing and a contstant supply of tea or coffee from the female in our lives! lol

Superfresa
01-02-2009, 02:49 PM
Just got back from new years celebrations away, so I'm hoping DoMiNo is closing this at the last possible minute of the 3rd of Jan in the states, which hopefully means here in Australia it might be like the 5th of jan already, lol, so I manage to get something together, because I promised I would :P

ElementW
01-03-2009, 12:50 AM
Here's something quick that I did.
The Isuzu Aceport. A truck that's aerodynamic for better fuel mileage.
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u257/peugeot_2007/Untitled1.jpg

To get in the glass top swings forward and the door slides down providing a step to get in. Theres glass on the bottom door.

SV
01-03-2009, 02:35 AM
Wow that is a nice design, ElementW! Very much in the tradition of Izuzu's more outlandish concepts. I like the headlights in particular...

SV
01-04-2009, 04:01 AM
Alright, so I've been working on my final entry for a few hours, and it's getting there (gotta do the wheels and some minor details), but a one-day extension would be great, since I wouldn't have to rush to finish...

Superfresa
01-04-2009, 07:15 AM
Well, I failed to meet the deadline after all so if the extension is granted I'll be able to finish too. No worries if it has to close though :)

DoMiNo
01-04-2009, 08:21 AM
No prob guys; an extension will be fine. Looking forward to your entries!

Kramer
01-04-2009, 09:15 PM
Here's mine, the Audi Q8 Truck:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k239/Lemment/scan0001-1-1.jpg

Powered by the 4.2L FSI V8 used in the Audi R8, this truck is built for power and speed. Functional too, with a 4-foot bed with MidGate capability.
Who says function doesn't have to look sexy? Starting at $58,000.

Steve Neill
01-04-2009, 09:55 PM
Nissan RGD.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/stealth01/anewbeginning.jpg

Yes, I realize it looks like an SUV. But I have those giant B-Pillars there to cover up the bed. I want something that looks sporty. You can see the bed behind the cabin if you look carefully.

swizzle
01-05-2009, 01:21 AM
Here's mine, the Audi Q8 Truck:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k239/Lemment/scan0001-1-1.jpg

Powered by the 4.2L FSI V8 used in the Audi R8, this truck is built for power and speed. Functional too, with a 4-foot bed with MidGate capability.
Who says function doesn't have to look sexy? Starting at $58,000.

Your design is so dead wrong that it's BRILLIANT. An Audi pickup? Sooo wrong. But by golly, it works. I like this a lot.

swizzle
01-05-2009, 01:25 AM
Nissan RGD.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/stealth01/anewbeginning.jpg

Yes, I realize it looks like an SUV. But I have those giant B-Pillars there to cover up the bed. I want something that looks sporty. You can see the bed behind the cabin if you look carefully.

I know you're saying Nissan, but even though the nose has Nissan features it screamed Chevrolet to me. I don't adore the flying buttresses, but they could grow on me and this could be a great way to bring back a car-based pickup like the El Camino. Good job.

Kramer
01-05-2009, 02:05 AM
Your design is so dead wrong that it's BRILLIANT. An Audi pickup? Sooo wrong. But by golly, it works. I like this a lot.

Haha thanks =D
At first it was a Lamborghini truck, but halfway through I realized that Lambo already made trucks with the LM002/Cheetahs.

SV
01-05-2009, 07:34 AM
Okay, I've finished my design, I'm going to scan it tomorrow morning (would do it now but my dad would kill me as it's past midnight)

Superfresa
01-05-2009, 03:50 PM
Ugh stretching it here too. Design is finished too but struggling to get it on a computer as I can only scan at uni, my new pass doesn't work to get me in, and tech support is on hollidays. Brill.

I think I'll recur to digital camera in the morning. Which is not at home but somewhere else, so... yeah you can see the difficulty now, haha. Anyway, I'm hoping to get it sorted tomorrow morning, so it should be up within the next 18 hours.

But at any time, feel free to lock it up as I'm already past the deadline and I can always post it up in the design section.

SV
01-05-2009, 10:45 PM
Alright, here's my entry!

http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/855/projectmeridianfinalxs1.jpg

Montgomery heads into new territory with Project Meridian truck concept

5 January 2009 - HAMBURG, GERMANY - The Montgomery marque has long been associated with practicality and utility, but that reputation reaches new heights with the new Project Meridian truck concept. Blending a rugged style with impressive functionality and unprecedented economy, the Meridian hails the arrival of a new type of truck.

Rugged, sophisticated style

With its square-jawed good looks, the Meridian's appeal is not limited to its impressive utility. A new, more imposing variation of the Montgomery corporate face announces the truck's origins with authority, while LED headlamps add an elegant, high-tech touch. The integration of the headlamps and grille, with the upper horizontal bar flowing into the headlamp graphic, previews the look of Montgomery's future trucks and crossovers.

The side graphic is hard-edged and geometric, in keeping with the Meridian's work-oriented ethos. The body flares out around the wheel wells, which themselves are enhanced by aggressive wheel arch flares, creating an unusually sturdy, planted stance that emphasizes the Meridian's rock-solid feel.

Awesome utility

This is no flashy, flimsy concept car - the Project Meridian concept backs up its rugged design with similarly rugged funcionality. The mechanics of the truck are kept simple to improve reliability (and make repairs easier when they are needed), with a double wishbone-type front suspension and a tried-and-true leaf-sprung beam rear axle.

Under the bonnet the Meridian continues to impress. Featuring a twin-turbo 2025cc inline four-cylinder i-TCD turbodiesel, there is plenty of power on tap: 210bhp and an astounding 299lb-ft of torque. A small electric motor powered by a lithium-polymer battery (recharged by the braking system) supplies additional power during acceleration, enhancing fuel economy in urban stop-and-go traffic.

While the Meridian's bed has plenty of space, those who need more can utilize the innovative FlexGate (TM) system, which folds down both the metal separator behind the split-folding 60/40 rear bench seat and the frontmost wall of the bed to dramatically increase load space.

Comfort not forgotten

With all this utility and functionality, one might think the Meridian is devoid of creature comforts, but that is not the case. Climate control, durable cloth seats and a voice-controlled audio system make the Meridian feel like a passenger car. Until, that is, you remember this truck's capabilities.

Not just a show-car fantasy

As can be inferred from the Project Meridian's functional, down-to-earth design, this truck was not just designed for the show stand. Expect a production truck, the first ever from the Montgomery Group, to hit roads and dirt trails worldwide this fall.

Sketch doesn't quite "pop" as well as I'd hoped it would (I made an image almost identical to this one, with the same graphic design and everything, that I thought looked a bit better, but I somehow converted it wrong from a .PSD photoshop file and had to redo it; it may have just looked better because PSD is higher-res), but I'm pretty satisfied with the design and presentation overall.

Kramer
01-06-2009, 03:15 AM
Great design, SV! I love the shading and stance of the truck, lots of potential in this one.
However, you might want to round off the front end (the left-most corner of the front end looks kinda too boxy for me.)

Superfresa
01-06-2009, 06:44 AM
Well, finally I managed to get something on the computer...

I'm not very happy with it but here it is:

http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/5858/img003co9.jpg
http://img367.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img003co9.jpg

Its the new Ssangyong Actyon Sports.

The design intent was:

* To create a tough, but aerodynamic pickup truck
* To make it unmistakeably an Actyon, but nicen up the design. The shark theme was to be kept
* To make it have as much interior room as possible. This is a proper 5 seater nlike most 1 tonne trucks.
* To maximise useability of the tray, and keep it independant. This is a no-nonsense 1 tonne truck that is off road capable and tough as nails.
* Externally hinged doors, rear door is full sized suicide door. This is to heighten the recreational 4X4 Utility intent.


Some of the technical specifications of the truck are:

* Hybrid monocoque/ladder frame platform. Front half is monocoque derived from an upcoming road vehicle from Ssangyong. Rear end is tough ladder frame with a sepparate bed.
* Latest gen Mercedes Benz 3.0 Commonrail Turbodiesel engine. Optional Mercedes Benz 3.5 Litre V6 Petrol.
* 6 Speed manual or automatic with sequential shifter, low range and diff locks.
* All corner coil springs, Independant front, Live rear end. Heavy duty rear coils.
* All corner Ventilated discs, ABS, traction control and electronic stability program.

Target market:

* Recreational pickup market. Comfort has been maximised and ride and handling match SUVs rather than utilities.



Edit: Ugh, thats a rubbish rendering, and the picture was taken with a digicam, outside. Makes for a great quality entry (not).

Superfresa
01-06-2009, 06:53 AM
ElementW - Top marks for originality, very well presented too. This is a great entry, over the top, but hell why not!
Kramer - Fantastic idea, very neat as well.
SteveNeill - Awesome sketch , I like how sporty it is. A tad more contrast would help define it really well.
SV - Amazing as usual. I read a little bit of Ford in it, not in a bad way. Your talent is amazing :)

swizzle
01-06-2009, 02:04 PM
Fresa: Something like that is definitely what the market needs. Yours has the feel of a concept while being "production ready" which is a tough thing to pull off. I think you're definitely in the running.

DoMiNo
01-06-2009, 04:55 PM
***CONTEST CLOSED***


Thanks to everyone who entered! Considering that this contest spanned the holidays, I'm very happy with the number of entries, and the designs themselves are terrific. Voting will be up shortly!

DoMiNo
01-06-2009, 05:26 PM
Thanks to everyone who entered this contest! Again, the participation remains strong, but it's the quality and diversity of the entries that (as usual) I find particularly impressive, so my hat's off to those who tackled the challenge. A pickup truck is one of those things everyone has a vastly differing vision of, and your individual priorities and criteria are obvious in the widely differing concepts.

Without further ado, let's get to voting! Same rules as always (http://www.carspyshots.net/showthread.php?t=2363): ten points spread among four entries. Incorrect votes will be disqualified. You're encouraged to leave commentary, as well, and all votes are welcome, regardless of whether or not you frequent the design section.

Here are the entries in the order received:

BryanRC (http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/4062/01bryanrcdv9.jpg)
http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/4062/01bryanrcdv9.th.jpg (http://img388.imageshack.us/my.php?image=01bryanrcdv9.jpg)

Cosworth (http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/9520/02cosworthva3.jpg)
http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/9520/02cosworthva3.th.jpg (http://img376.imageshack.us/my.php?image=02cosworthva3.jpg)

NelsonDesign (http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9137/03nelsondesignhn1.jpg)
http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/9137/03nelsondesignhn1.th.jpg (http://img389.imageshack.us/my.php?image=03nelsondesignhn1.jpg)

mrfdesign (http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/1763/04mrfdesignuh2.jpg)
http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/1763/04mrfdesignuh2.th.jpg (http://img367.imageshack.us/my.php?image=04mrfdesignuh2.jpg)

PRODIGY (http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/6023/05prodigygc0.jpg)
http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/6023/05prodigygc0.th.jpg (http://img187.imageshack.us/my.php?image=05prodigygc0.jpg)

Matski (http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/3341/06matskiow6.jpg)
http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/3341/06matskiow6.th.jpg (http://img370.imageshack.us/my.php?image=06matskiow6.jpg)

ElementW (http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/3971/07elementwgc8.jpg)
http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/3971/07elementwgc8.th.jpg (http://img118.imageshack.us/my.php?image=07elementwgc8.jpg)

Kramer (http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/5765/08kramerwb7.jpg)
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/5765/08kramerwb7.th.jpg (http://img518.imageshack.us/my.php?image=08kramerwb7.jpg)

Steve Neill (http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/9206/09steveneillwt1.jpg)
http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/9206/09steveneillwt1.th.jpg (http://img370.imageshack.us/my.php?image=09steveneillwt1.jpg)

SV (http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/2919/10svcw6.jpg)
http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/2919/10svcw6.th.jpg (http://img370.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10svcw6.jpg)

Superfresa (http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/5935/11superfresall1.jpg)
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/5935/11superfresall1.th.jpg (http://img212.imageshack.us/my.php?image=11superfresall1.jpg)

As always, please let me know of any broken links or missing entries. Best of luck designers!!!

Rob
01-06-2009, 06:07 PM
Bit of an entry rush towards the end! Here are my votes...
4 - Steve Neill
3 - mrfdesign
2 - Kramer
1 - Superfresa.

BryanRW
01-06-2009, 07:31 PM
4 - Superfresa
3 - Prodigy
2 - SV
1 - mrfdesign

LamboMan
01-06-2009, 11:02 PM
Steve - 3
Kramer - 3
mrf - 2
SV - 2

Superfresa
01-06-2009, 11:52 PM
SV - 3
SteveNeill - 3
ElementW - 2
BryanRC - 2

Thanks for the comment on the other thread, Swizzle, and cheers for the votes lads :)

mrfdesign
01-07-2009, 12:20 AM
okay guys time for comments then voting.

Great turn out on the entries :)

BryanRC - nice styling in the front. Although quite ''predictable'' and not too creative if you get what im saying. The new grille works well and gives the pick up the aggression it needs, which the old ranger lacked IMO. The coloring is a bit rushed. Try take your time in rendering, a neat render always looks good and is worth the time spent. Also add some light to your surfacing in the rendering process.

Cosworth - As i said before im still not okay with a Merceds pick up lol. I know they make mini vans and i dont like their mini vans. Its a bit basic in terms of design. I think your drawigs lack detail, so put more time into them and you'll notice fantastic results.

NelsonDesign - Love the doors :) . Lots of effort has been put into your entry and i commend you on that. Its a very sporty and sleek looking pick up. Nice neat drawings too.

Prodigy - Not my favorite design from you mate. Im just not enjoying that front but thats my opinion. Your proportions are great though. Improving at a fast rate.

Matski - Hmmm, looks computer generated ? Unfortunately it looks like an X1 pick up to me and thus not very creative. Once again , like Cosworths ebtry, i cannot see BMW making a pick up and hope they dont! Its obviously perfectly proportioned. How did you draw/render it? Photoshop?

ElementW - Wow. Radical is the only word to describe this. Its a super pick up :). Love the craziness about.

Kramer - Merc pick ups, BMW pick ups now Audi :) lol. I must say as wrong as it is its pretty cool because you've created something unique not just slapped a pick up bed on the back of an R8.

Steve Neill - Sexiest entry by far. Looks very Mitsubishi to me. However i can see the GTR's influence. Love the sides and the B pillar hiding the bed. The front end treatment is very cool

SV - Techically the best entry. Neat as hell mate haha. However it seems a tad simple to me. But in its entirety its superb.

Superfresa - haha a brave man to take on a Ssangyong. I personally hate Ssangyongs styling (its purely ridiculous) but yours is elegantly toned down. One thing i noticed is the fact that the front does not flow very well. Would've been great to have intergrated the lights into the body line so that the design flows as a whole but thats just nit picking.

OKAY VOTING:

SV - 4
Steve Neill - 3
ElementW - 2
NelsonDesign - 1

Nice contest guys. Thanks for the votes so far :). Good luck to the rest

AXIS
01-07-2009, 12:22 AM
4 - ElementW
3 - Steve Neill
2 - NelsonDesign
1 - SV

Matski
01-07-2009, 01:24 AM
okay guys time for comments then voting.

Matski - Hmmm, looks computer generated ? Unfortunately it looks like an X1 pick up to me and thus not very creative. Once again , like Cosworths ebtry, i cannot see BMW making a pick up and hope they dont! Its obviously perfectly proportioned. How did you draw/render it? Photoshop

Essentially it is an X1 pick-up! The X1 looks relatively (in camparison the the other BMW X's) rugged, and it will be their cheapest platform to work from. A pickup should be utilitarian first and foremost, creativity should not be high on the agenda, unless it's with load space solutions! But I take your point, and I also hope they never make a pick-up!

It was a photoshop botch-job-bic-special, proportion is king.... anything else is just art.

I'd vote for Superfresa's Estoque Pickup (the Ssangyong) or SV's Meridian.

Kramer
01-07-2009, 01:53 AM
Yay, points already? =D made my day.

Matski - 4
Crazy render! Perfect perspective, looks almost like a technical blueprint instead of a design, in my eyes.

Superfresa - 3
Great shading and color. The front end of the car could be changed a bit perspective-wise but a great idea/entry nonetheless.

Steve Neill - 2
Radical and futuristic! Good design that looks very revolutionary to me.

SV - 1
Great stance! However, the front is too brutish and square; some roundness in the hood lines would look great.

Wonderful entries all around, guys.

swizzle
01-07-2009, 02:57 AM
BryanRC 3
SV 3
Superfresa 3
SteveNeill 1

NelsonDesign
01-07-2009, 03:31 AM
Sorry for the quick un-commented voting, I'm a little busy...

4- Superfresa
3- SV
2-BryanRC
1-Mrfdesign

Good job to everyone!

PRODIGY
01-07-2009, 07:35 AM
Sorry I didn't comment on all your designs before! I'll make up for that now lol..

4 = Steve Neill - Well the contest brief was to design a revolutionary truck, and that's just what you did! I'll echo others in saying that the design has some Mitsubishi in it, but regardless it's such a cool design! Perhaps the only Truck that i'd consider buying if this was a real truck! Aggresive, modern and cool!!


2 = Kramer - Out of the 3 of you who chose the 3 German heavyweights, yours is IMO the most suscessfull. It reminds me alot of the old Lamborgini LM in spirit. It would definately shake up the segment. I like the way it looks kinda like an R8, but with its own identity if you know what I mean!


2 = Nelsondesign - Definately a revolutionary pick up! Very neat ideas, and a cool sleek shape. Only nitpick is that the design is fairly anonimous.


2 = Superfresa - I love this Ssangyong (and me admitting to liking a Ssangyong is a very rare occurance!). It isn't as radical as some of the others styling wise, but this is the only one that manages to look more 'ute' like rather than full fat pick up truck. It looks sleek and modern and would do wonders for Ssangyong. Love the rendering technique too!

The rest...

BryanRC: Not radical enough for me unfortunately, great design though!

Cosworth: Neat idea, nice design, but again.. not radical enough!

mrfdesign: Great drawing and render, but once again.. not radical enough lol!

Matski: I think if BMW were to base a pick up on an X1, they would alter the styling subtley like the X6 is slightly different to the X5. Nice idea, great technique, but i'd like to see some different styling on this.

ElementW: Certainly radical, and very nearly in the points, maybe a little too futuristic. I would have liked to have seen the front end of this, might have made all the difference.

SV: Again, nearly in the points. Feel bad not giving points to such a thoroughly thought out and well rendered entry, but it just isn't radical enough for me. Granted, the surfacing is pretty radical, but the overall design and shape not so much. I really like this one though mate!

Hope that's everyone. Well done guys, great contest!!! Good luck everyone!!!

MartinEDesign
01-07-2009, 06:02 PM
My votes goes to:

Superfresa - 3, I think it is a great render and a very cool design for a pick up. GJ.

SV - 2, You have one of the most unique designs in the contest, I am digging it and your sketching style

Nelson - 2, Also a unique entry with a cool cabine, and I think you show a lot of developement in your sketches, so a plus from here.

Steve Neil - 3, You have like many others have pointed out, managed to make a mean looking car that is both modern and fits the contest well.

ElementW
01-09-2009, 04:23 AM
4-Nelsondesign
3-Kramer,
2-SteveNeil
1-SV

Kramer
01-10-2009, 07:52 AM
Bump. More votes, guys!

Steve Neill
01-12-2009, 06:59 PM
Cosworth - 4: Cause as much as I think the drawing isn't your best, I love your funkiness, and the small wheels make it look cute.
Kramer - 4: Needs to be made. 'Nuff said.
Prodigy - 2: It looks like an angry bug. Which is Epic.

Congrats to all for the entries!

DoMiNo
01-12-2009, 11:29 PM
Voting for the pickup truck design contest has ended. Thank you to all entrants and to everyone who voted for their participation and commentary. There were some fantastic entries, and I hope to maintain this level of participation in future contests!!

Here's how the voting ended up:

Steve Neill - 28
SV - 22
Superfresa - 20
Kramer - 14
NelsonDesign - 11
ElementW - 8
BryanRC - 7
mrfdesign - 7
PRODIGY -5
Cosworth - 4
Matski - 4

Congratulations to Steve Neill on the win. Please PM me soon with your topic of choice.

Best of luck in the next contest, designers!