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Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge Aims For 1,000-Pound Car

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Each year the Los Angeles Auto Show hosts its Design Challenge, pitting design studios against each other and against a goal to test the limits of future thinking about automotive design. This year's goal is to create a vehicle that will hold four passengers, meet safety requirements, yet weigh just 1,000 pounds.

Impossible you say? Likely. But the designs produced by the challenge are interesting, using outlandish or unique materials, drivetrains, and body styles.

Particularly interesting is the list of participants: General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Nissan, Calty, and Volvo. Mercedes-Benz has three studios entered in the contest, one each from Germany, North America, and Japan.

Check out page two for the official description of each studio's entry. Our early favorite? Mazda's MX-0, which aims to create a mechanically simplified MX-5-like vehicle powered by high-torque electric motors that deliver "impossible acceleration and instant cornering."

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