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Students start Chevy chase

THE Auto Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo yesterday launched domestic and international video and essay competitions for students, with three new Chevrolets up for grabs.

University students are invited to take photos or make a five-minute movie about urban transportation and life in 2030, echoing the "Take a Drive to 2030" theme of the pavilion built jointly by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation and General Motors.

Students should upload their work at, the newly launched official Website of the pavilion, by the end of February.

The three final university-student winners will be selected by online voting and win a latest-model Chevrolet each.

Each will also get to test-drive many vehicles made by the two companies and three entrance tickets to the Expo.

Their works will also be played on a 200-square-meter screen on the facade of the pavilion during the Expo.

Nine outstanding works will be selected every month with the prize of a ticket to the Expo.

Another 15 most popular entries in online voting will win an Expo licensed souvenir each month.

Primary and middle school students are invited to write essays on future urban traffic. The entries can be in either Chinese or English.

Primary student groups should write no more than 1,000 words, and middle school students up to 2,000 words.

About 160 works will be selected to be published in a book. Some of the submissions will also be displayed in pre-show and post-show areas at the pavilion.

People can view all the video and essay entries on the Website.

The new Website constantly updates information about the SAIC-GM Pavilion. There is already a three-dimensional view of the virtual pavilion.

The SAIC-GM Pavilion will allow visitors a glimpse at a future that is petroleum and emission-free, congestion and accident-free and where driving will be more fun, said GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale.

The silver-colored pavilion will resemble a huge metal bowl along the Huangpu River in the Puxi section of the Expo site.

Its external spiral design will convey a futuristic sense.

The metallic design will resemble an automobile body.

The pavilion will have four levels, with a waiting area on the ground floor and a VIP area for visitors on the fourth.

A concept vehicle that might be widely used in the future will be on display. The electrical vehicle will be able to communicate with other cars and even roads.


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