Beginning in September, two rounds of judging will select the winners. A panel of judges, comprised of automotive designers, Motor Trend editors and industry professionals, will select the top three winners in each amateur category, as well as the top five student and professional finalists. The student and professional finalists will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2004-Model California International Auto Show in Anaheim, California, to attend the final round of judging.

Awards include a $2500 cash prize for the overall "Best of Show" winner; $1000 cash prize for the first-place winner of the design professional category and $1000 scholarship towards the college or university attended by the first-place design student winner. Amateur prizes will be announced on line. Winners will also receive a trophy, free subscription to Motor Trend and have their achievement recognized in a future issue of Motor Trend and online at www.motortrend.com and www.mtdesigncontest.com.

The public is invited to view the top contest submissions in person at the 2004-Model California International Auto Show, which runs October 29 through November 2, 2003 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Winning entries will also be featured online at www.mtdesigncontest.com.

The 2003 CIAS Motor Trend International Design Contest is administered in conjunction with the 2004-Model California International Auto Show and managed by Motor Trend Auto Shows, Inc. Motor Trend Auto Shows, Inc. is the nation's leading new-model auto show producer, a division of the Consumer Automotive Group and a subsidiary of PRIMEDIA, the number one special-interest consumer magazine publisher in the United States.