Car firms recognised

Posted on 5 Nov 2010 by The Manufacturer

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today announced its shortlist for the 2010 Automotive Innovation Award.

Sponsored by GKN Driveline and The Mail on Sunday’s Live Magazine, the Award recognises innovative products, technologies and ideas which have the potential to transform the automotive sector.

The shortlisted entries are:

Antonov Automotive Technologies Ltd, for its three-speed powershift transmission for electric vehicles
Gordon Murray Design Ltd, for the iStream®
innovITS, for innovITS ADVANCE
Intelligent Energy, for its fuel cell hybrid taxi
McLaren, for its automotive carbon fibre MonoCell
MUSIC 2-Stroke Engine Consortium, for the merritt high-efficiency two-stroke petrol engine

The company’s will now present their innovatuions to a judging panel which includes GKN Driveline chief engineer Dave Salt, Ford of Britain chairman Joe Greenwell, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt and Mail on Sunday motoring editor Simon Lewis.

“I’m delighted with the number and range of companies that entered SMMT’s inaugural Automotive Innovation Award”, said Everitt. “All entries demonstrated the potential to add value to the UK and global motor industry, which made the process of creating a shortlist of entries challenging. The breadth of innovations submitted is testament to the range of skills within our sector and clearly demonstrates the potential for the UK to be a world leader in ultra-low carbon development and design.”

The winner will be announced at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on 23 November at the London Hilton Park Lane.