SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation back for fifth year

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:00
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WINNER: 2013 pick, Ford’s 1.0litre EcoBoost engine

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Award for Automotive Innovation is to return for a fifth year.

Rewarding the most ground-breaking ideas from all areas of the UK automotive sector, the Award is sponsored by GKN and supported by The Times.

It recognises UK-born concepts and technologies that have the potential to transform the wider automotive industry.

Ford took the crown last year with their efficient, yet powerful, 1.0litre EcoBoost engine, which now features in more than 100,000 cars and vans across the country.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT, said, “The UK automotive industry has a long history of exceptional engineering and design – a vital asset that is spearheading the UK’s automotive efforts on the world stage.

“The Award for Automotive Innovation is just one example of the work SMMT is doing with its members and government to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of global vehicle development.

“It has always attracted an outstanding selection of entries, so we look forward to seeing what the industry has to offer in 2014.”

Nigel Stein, Chief Executive of GKN, added: “We always look forward to supporting this Award.

“The standard of competition never fails to impress, and proves time and again that British engineering is up there with the best.”

The Award will officially open for entries on June 11, with a deadline of midnight on September 12.

A shortlisting process will follow, after which successful entrants will present their innovations to a panel of industry experts.

The winner will be announced at the SMMT Annual Dinner on November 25, in front of more than 1,000 leading industry figures.

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