We're bringing a new concept to the Tokyo Motor Show in October - the first annual Automotive News International Concept Awards.
We think the awards - meant to recognize and honor the best new ideas in vehicles, systems and modules - are a natural out-growth of our annual Concept Cars supplement.
We'll award this year's prizes at Designers Night on Oct. 20. The awards will alternate years between the Paris and Tokyo auto shows.
Entries will be judged in four categories: interior, safety, environment and best overall concept of the year.
The qualifying period for this year's awards runs from September 1998 through Sept. 17, 1999, which encompasses all major shows through this year's Frankfurt IAA. Concepts unveiled in Tokyo in October will qualify for a special 'best in show' award.
This year, judges include Prof. Ken Greenley, head of automotive design at the Royal College of Art in London; Prof. Carl Olsen, who holds the chair in transportation design at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit; Chuck Jordan, former vice president of design at General Motors; and Chris Wright, international editor and editor of the Concept Cars supplement.
Entries should be sent to Colleen Robar, Automotive News International, at our U.S. or London address in the box below. Six copies of each entry are required. Supporting materials, such as photos, technical sketches and/or video footage, must accompany each entry.