The winners of this year’s Autocar Awards have been announced at a ceremony in the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. From a revolutionary electric family car to McLaren's F1 triumph, it's been quite a year for the car business. Autocar recognises and rewards the high achievers of 2008.
Design award: Ford Fiesta
The new Fiesta is the best example yet of Ford’s ‘Kinetic Design’ principles. It’s also proof that it’s possible to combine striking looks with the need to meet increasingly stringent pedestrian crash protection standards. The Fiesta is smart, well finished and thoroughly modern, both inside and out, with the design clearly referencing Ford’s past, while looking towards the future. Read our road test of the Ford Fiesta
Motorsport award: Ron Dennis
Many people would have been daunted by McLaren’s difficult 2007 season in the Formula One championship. Not Ron Dennis, the team’s CEO. He answered his critics by leading the team to one of the most spectacular successes in its long history; Lewis Hamilton’s last-lap triumph in the drivers’ championship. Dennis plans to spend more time on wider McLaren group business, giving him a chance to take a step back and celebrate the remarkable achievements of a unique character.Read Alan Henry’s blog on the dramatic 2008 season finale
Concept Car of the year: Citroen Hypnos
The undoubted star of the recent Paris motor show, the Hypnos marks Citroen’s rediscovery of the design magic and originality that helped to define the brand. The best news is that the Hypnos is close to reality, using a hybrid drivetrain that links a 200bhp diesel engine driving the front wheels to an electrically turned back axle. And the Hypnos’s avant-garde cabin suggests the quest for more adventurous production interiors has already started.Read more about the Citroen Hypnos