Qilin by PATAC, China

2004: China.

Illustrations on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Qilin designer introduction

Burt Wong, born in March 1973, was grown up in Guangdong province, P. R. of China. After finished his major of Industrial Design at the Shanghai Jiaotong University, he became a member of Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center Co., Ltd., – a joint venture between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.

Qilin is his first big project, and Burt was in charge of its interior design.  In March 2000, he received further training in GM North America Design Center for half a year in formal vehicle design process and participated in some on-going projects as well.

Burt is now one of the two Lead Designers in PATAC Design department.


Qilin is a concept family car that was shown in 1999 at the Shanghai Auto Show. It is regarded as the as the first concept that Chinese designers designed for the China market. It was very special to introduce PATAC to the public. This lovely green concept car is built by a special fabric glass. It shows a green ideal to the people.

Early market research for the Qilin car was carried out in five regional cities with the assistance of PATAC design and engineering staff, thus they learned first hand what potential customers were looking for in their vehicles. From this background they learnt that the customers wanted a vehicle that is compact, appealing in looks externally & internally and it should offer versatility of space available. In summary the analysis told our design team that the customers wanted a small engine compartment area, adequate front driver & passenger space with as largest as possible rear passenger and cargo space.

This configuration of the vehicle architecture would provide the basis of a vehicle to suit the broadest possible customer requirements from families, small business to farmers.