Spanish interiors manufacturer Grupo Antolin has announced Alvaro Sanz Lázaro, studying for his master’s degree in styling and automotive concept design at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), as the winner of the second edition of the company’s Design Challenge. The contest challenged design students from universities and schools around the world to imagine what the car interior of the future will look like.
Lázaro took the win in the three main categories of the contest (smart headliner, smart door panel and smart cockpit), as well as receiving a special mention in the color and trim class.
“Alvaro’s project has deserved to be the winner in all categories for its high quality throughout the design process, its innovation and coherence in the proposal as a whole. He has developed a complete interior with a very attractive design that perfectly combines and integrates new technologies as well as innovative and sustainable materials. The result is a futuristic and comfortable cabin for its passengers,” said Javier Villacampa, corporate innovation director for the company.
Grupo Antolin states that the competition goes hand in hand with its commitment to open innovation as part of its overall research, development and innovation strategy.
“At Grupo Antolin, we want to lead the transformation that the industry is undergoing by developing a more advanced, technological and sustainable interior that offers passengers a unique travel experience. Our innovation is focusing on the development of state-of-the-art solutions that optimally and efficiently integrate new technologies, lighting systems, decorative surfaces and electronics,” highlighted Jesus Pascual, CEO of Grupo Antolin.
“To achieve these goals, it is important to open up abroad and create an open innovation ecosystem involving companies, technology centers, international design schools and also, as in this case, talented students,” Villacampa added.