In the PPG Design Challenge Awards competition, sponsored by PPG Industries, winning designs by students of Detroit's College for Creative Studies (CCS) have shown how glass can add safety and security as well as utility, comfort and convenience for a luxury 2008 vehicle. Randy Rodriguez was awarded first place for a car-like crossover vehicle that has the ruggedness and versatility of a sport utility with extensive use of glass above the daylight opening to enhance visibility. Second place was awarded to Brian Izard for an elegant, luxurious vehicle that combines the sportiness of a sport utility with the cargo storage and flexibility of a hatchback. Inspired by the stained glass windows of cathedrals, Izard shows how vibrant shades of glass can be used as decoration to complement body color. Jeff Sanders received third place for a four-door station wagon-type vehicle with glass forming the entire top above the daylight opening.
Ernest Hahn, PPG vice president, automotive glass, presented the awards at the North American International Auto Show. The students received scholarships of $1500 for first place, $1000 for second place and $500 for third place.