The 2011 LA Design Challenge produced some pretty interesting and futuristic Hollywood rides. But after the dust had settled, we had a repeat winner taking home the 2011 title.

The Smart 341 Parkour, which was designed by folks from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen, Germany, won the LA Design Challenge, on the back of a clever Hollywood story involving Annie Angle and her super sleuthing skills in Carntpark City.

This is the second year in a row that Smart has won the LA Design Challenge. Last year, the Smart 454 WWT shared top honors with the Cadillac Aera after judges declared a tie on a four-passenger car being built under the premise that it tips the scales at just under 1,000 lbs.

This year’s theme involved not just developing a perfect Hollywood car of the future, but also about inventing a story that puts the car in the forefront. With the 341 Parkour, Smart conveyed the theme to a tee by designing a car that combines innovation and functionality with an exciting film plot.

Just in case you’ve forgotten the capabilities of the 341 Parkour, the designers envisioned this revolutionary ride using parkour as an inspiration. So instead of people jumping in and around whatever obstacles in a given location, the 341 Parkour does all of that itself.

Congratulations to the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios for their back-to-back LA Design Challenge titles. Now the pressure’s on to hit a "three-peat" in 2012.


Source: Daimler

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  (333) posted on 01.13.2012

No doubt about it. If I were one of the judges, I will give my vote to this design. It is outstanding and very futuristic on how it looks. But I hope to see more of this design on the road someday.

  (459) posted on 01.9.2012

This one is really cute. It was like a dog, a robot dog to be exact. smiley Anyway, congratulations to Mercedes for a back-to-back award. They deserved it. And I am hoping for the future to have this car, not just a concept but a real one.

  (52) posted on 11.27.2011

When I saw the word "Parkour" in this article, I start thinking is it I missed something in the world of technologies, so that I don’t know a car can already do Parkour... =="

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