Mumbai, 24th August 2021.

SKODA AUTO India has received an overwhelming response to the design contest it organised for budding Indian designers to design a camouflage for its upcoming mid-size premium sedan. More 200 entries were received from across India for the contest which was open till 18thAugust 2021.The top five entries shortlisted by the jury were announced today and one final winner will be announced from among the top five shortlists in October, 2021.

The contest was judged by Mr. Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director – SAVWIPL, Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director – SKODA AUTO India and Mr. Oliver Stefani, Head of Design – SKODA AUTO a.s. The evaluation process spanned across various criteria, which were led by creative and technical expertise. Each design was judged for its  innovation, aesthetics, functionality, ergonomics, impact, utility and the emotional quotient.

Zac Hollis, Brand Director – SKODA AUTO India, said, “India has a rich design heritage and we wanted to start activities for our all-new mid-size premium sedan by giving an opportunity for budding Indian talent. Like with KUSHAQ, our new offering will alsohavea close collaboration between our teams in the headquarters and India, and this unique initiative was conceptualised basis this partnership. The sheer number and quality of entries that we have received for the contest reflects the design talent in India, and also the deep interest in theSKODA brand. My heartiest congratulations to the top 5 shortlisted designers, and also to all the designers who participated in the “Camouflage with SKODA” contest.”

The contest was open to any individual above 18 years of ageand was extended to design studios, companies, universities, design students and design professionals. Entries for the same closed on 18th August 2021.

The Top Five Shortlisted designs (In alphabetical order)

Sr.noShort Listed winner namesCity, Sate
1Mr. Ben StewartTirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
2Mr. Prateek SethiPune, Maharashtra
3Mr. RijuKarunakaranBengaluru, Karnataka
4Mr. Rohit BhandwalkarPune, Maharashtra
5Mr. Shreyas KarambelkarBadlapur, Maharashtra

The five short listed camouflages that have beende signed will be applied on the test cars. Once the designs pass through the production, durability and applicability processes, one final winner will be announced by mid-October 2021.

The winner from the top 5 shortlisted designs will get an opportunity to travel to Prague to meet the Head of Design, SKODA AUTO a.s. – Mr. Oliver Stefani, at the SKODA headquarters. In addition, the winning design will be applied on the upcoming SKODA offering and will be showcased across the country. The runner – up will get a design tablet and the next 3 shortlisted entries will be awarded SKODA gift bags.