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SMMT launches 2012 Award for Automotive Innovation

The SMMT has launched its third Award for Automotive Innovation, sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times. The Award is an ideal opportunity for UK-focused companies, teams and individuals to be recognised nationally for their ingenuity and excellence in automotive innovation

The Award will be presented at the SMMT Annual Dinner in November giving a significant profile opportunity in front of up to 1,000 industry guests. Besides full SMMT communications support across the media, the SMMT is also working with The Times to encourage broader recognition of the Award this year.

The Award recognises innovations within UK automotive manufacturing, design and engineering, acknowledging ideas that have already benefitted, or have the potential to deliver excellence in the sector. Last year, participating organisations represented the full scale of the UK automotive industry, with entries covering passenger cars, engines, buses, coaches, light and heavy commercial vehicles and more. Submissions included a hybrid drive system, an EV charging unit and a sophisticated blind spot detection system.

Jaguar Land Rover won last year’s Award for the Land Rover Range_e, an affordable plug-in hybrid 4×4 concept. In 2010, it was Gordon Murray Design for the iStream manufacturing process.
The SMMT is encouraging all of its members to consider innovations they might like to submit.

Further information can be accessed at www.smmt.co.uk/aai .

Any questions regarding the Award should be directed to Dan Montefusco, Press Officer
Communications,
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited, Tel: +44 (0)20 7344 1610, Web: http://www.smmt.co.uk

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