SMMT counts down to Automotive Innovation Award

Posted on 5 Aug 2011 by The Manufacturer

The motor industry trade body has called for all automotive innovators to finalise their submission for its Award for Automotive Innovation 2011 before the deadline on August 24.

Sponsored by GKN Driveline, the Award recognises innovations within UK automotive manufacturing, retail, design and engineering, acknowledging ideas that have already benefited, or have the potential to deliver automotive excellence.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: “This award sets the standard in innovative design, engineering and technology, highlighting the capabilities of the UK automotive industry.”

The panel of judges includes; Jerry Hardcastle, vice president of vehicle design and development at Nissan, and Ralph Hosier, chartered engineer and motoring journalist. Mr Everitt will also be judging this year’s award.

Last year’s award was presented to Gordon Murray Design for the iStream, which uses disruptive technology for large-scale vehicle production, reducing costs and its environmental impact. It has since gone on to form the basis of the T.25 and a prototype electric vehicle, the T.27, which was unveiled earlier this year.

Shortlisted entries receive industry recognition within one of the UK’s most diverse and exciting industries and the winner will be presented with the award at SMMT’s 95th annual dinner on November 22 this year at the London Hilton, in front of over 800 senior industry executives.

SMMT’s Award for Automotive Innovation 2011 is free to enter and for more information about the Award, entry criteria and last year’s winner, click here.

George Archer