Senior Davis Kunselman is one of three high school students in the nation to win the first-ever Car Design News-General Motors (CDN-GM) Interactive Design Competition.
For the contest, students created a 2030 Chevrolet Adventure Vehicle concept. Davis’s completed portfolio submission included a storyboard as well as vehicle sketches and renderings created by hand and in Adobe Photoshop. During the four-phase competition, professional designers and executives from GM served as mentors and judges. CDN editorial staff also judged submissions.
Davis has a lifelong passion for car design. “The process of creating something entirely new, plus the possibility of designing something that could become a functional, mass-produced vehicle is exciting,” he said. “I’m glad all of my hard work has paid off. It is reassuring and gives me confidence for my future as a car designer.”
This is not the first time Davis has had success in a national design competition. Last year, he won second place in the Fiat Chrysler Drive for Design contest with his 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat concept. Both contests have given Davis the ability to network with key designers in the automotive industry.
Davis hopes to attend the College for Creative Studies, located in Michigan, for automotive design after graduating from Mount de Sales. He wants to pursue a career in exterior design. Though he is not set on one automotive brand, Davis said that working for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Tesla, or Renault would be great opportunities.
As a winner of the CDN-GM competition, Davis will participate in the three-week Precollege Summer Experience program at the College for Creative Studies. Additionally, he will receive a new iPad, courtesy of competition sponsor Dinamica.
To view Davis’s complete portfolio submission, visit www.cardesigncontest.com/Entries/Entry/12.