The Lithuanian manufacturer Altas is among the winners of the A ‘Design Award in the category Vehicles, Mobility, Transportation Design. The credit goes to the minibus Viator and its designer, Dominykas Budinas, who won the silver. Launched last year at the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Viator is a midi-class tourist bus for long-distance transport services. The model is characterized by simple geometry, edges and smooth corners, while the shape of the bus itself creates the impression of movement. This effect is caused by a rear-view camera hidden beneath a delicate spoiler, which together with the rear lights finish the roof line in style. The bus is currently being tested in various operating conditions and its serial production will begin in August 2019. At later stages of the product’s development, new Altas Viator models are planned, including a low-floor urban, suburban, school bus and a bus adapted to UK traffic.

“Our goal in developing the Altas Viator bus was to create a product that would clearly stand out from the market-standard models, using bold and innovative solutions”, said Edvardas Radzevičius, CEO of Altas Auto.

A’ Design Award is one of the biggest design awards worldwide, evaluating product design in 100 different product categories according to the Locarno classification of industrial sectors. The competition has been held annually since 2010, and around 100,000 products compete every year for almost 10,000 awards in different fields. The applications are evaluated by an international team of judges which this year comprised 209 design professionals, academics and media representatives from various countries of the world. The best products are selected based on a product’s innovation, functionality, aesthetic design and energy efficiency.