General Motor's Hummer 02 design sketch was announced as the winner of the Los Angeles Auto Show's 2007 Design Challenge today. The third Design Challenge asked studios to form their vision of the future by creating a vehicle that is environmentally aware of its global footprint.

From a field of eight automaker design studios, GM's Hummer 02 was chosen for its 'thought provoking, diverse, holistic concept design'.

Powered by a fuel cell, the Hummer 02 is envisioned to "breathe" through a revolutionary phototropic body shell that produces pure oxygen throughout the lifespan of the vehicle. Algae-filled body panels transform harmful CO2 into pure oxygen that is subsequently released back into the environment.

"Our goal was to develop a concept that will replace the carbon footprint of automobiles. Our Finnish designer came up with an idea based around a photosynthesis cell and the whole team worked together to develop the concept," said Frank Saucedo, head designer General Motors Advanced Design.

"This is a great competition for our young designers and we look forward to participating each year."

Entries were judged by multi-discipline design professionals who selected the winner for its originality of creative concept, contribution to the environment, degree of safety and reflection of a unique, spirited California "green" lifestyle.

"We were overwhelmed by the depth of imagination and creative thinking these top design studios created for this year's challenge," said Chuck Pelly, director of Design Los Angeles and partner in The Design Academy.

"Hummer 02 was chosen because of the wide-range of known technologies included, but with an imaginative twist, such as the tread "light" tyre technology. GM's vehicle has an approachable view of the future," said Pelly.

The purpose of the Design Challenge is to pit the manufacturers' Los Angeles-based design studios against one another. This year, studios were challenged to imagine a time when all vehicles have "green" technology allowing drivers to enjoy the Southern California environment without harming it.

The Design Challenge is a part of Design Los Angeles, which began at the 2005 LA Auto Show and has become an important part of the show. Design Los Angeles is a one day symposium where workshops, speakers and other opportunities are provided to designers in the automotive industry.

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