DC Design is an Indian design firm from Mumbai which is noted for their concept cars and prototypes. The firm, founded in 1993, is headed by designer Dilip Chhabria, and under a contract with Ford Motor Company built the first Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage prototype featured at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show.
The company also builds custom special order vehicles, such as a modified Porsche Cayenne coupe, and a modified Rolls Royce coupe. In August 2006, the company announced a partnership with Eximstar, an ETA Group company, to build a 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) production facility in Dubai. The facility, scheduled to open in 2007, will produce custom luxury cars.
Dilip holds a degree in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, U.S.. Dilip worked at the Design Centre for General Motors USA. He also started his own auto accessory business and became one of the largest auto accessory manufacturers in India.
His company made the first prototype for the Aston Martin Vanquish which appeared in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
In 2006, Chhabria announced DCStar, tie-up between Eximstar (an ETA group company) and Dilip Chhabria Design Pvt Ltd. The company, to be set up in Dubai, will customize cars and other vehicles to suit customers' requirements. He has designed Vanity Van for many stars such as Sanjay Dutt, Shah Rukh Khan. He has also designed the car used in the movie Taarzan: The Wonder Car directed by Abbas-Mustan. In 2010 he designed a special version of Tata Nano.
In August 2012 DC gave a complete external and internal make over to Mahindra XUV 500 with seating chairs made to recline up to 150 degrees and enhanced lounge lighting. In August 2013 DC released the second generation of DC Lounge Fortuner, a special body kit for the Indian version of Toyota Fortuner. This was India's first full body altering kit for any car commercially available for 7.25 lakhs.
He also runs a special Automobile Designing Institute called as DC - DYP in association with Dr D Y Patil University in Pune, Maharashtra. His latest invention is 'DC AVANTI', the most economical sports car costs nearly 25,00,000 Indian rupees which is about 50k dollars.