All the winners from the 2008 Autocar Awards
17 November 2008

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

Safety and Technology Award: Chevrolet Volt

Even within the last two years, electric cars were regarded as little more than a curiosity. The very fact that General Motors has bet its corporate future on the successful development of the Volt proves that electric drivetrain technology has developed apace. The Volt’s innovative powertrain combines battery power with an engine that acts as an on-board generator. GM claims the equivalent of 176mpg and CO2 emissions of just 40g/km.Read more details on the Chevrolet Volt

Idea of the year: Gordon Murray’s T25

Gordon Murray’s attempt to revolutionise personal transportation might turn out to be the idea of the decade rather than just the year. His plan is to make a far more efficient range of cars than anything currently on the market, with a whole range of tiny but spacious cars constructed using new methods that will slash steel-stamping and tooling costs. It’s the sort of fresh thinking you’d expect from the man who gave the world the McLaren F1 – and just the sort of thing the motor industry needs.Read more about Gordon Murray’s T25

Car Ad of the Year: VW's 'Polo Confidence'

Every year we ask Autocar readers to vote online for their favourite car advertisement. Four ads stood out: ‘This is the new Jaguar’ ad for the XF; Honda’s live skydive advert for the Accord and Renault’s ‘4x4 spirit’ advert for the Koleos; and Volkswagen’s ‘Polo Confidence’ ad. But the clear winner of these four was the VW’s Polo ad. Featuring a singing Jack Russell, the ad was a notable exception to the rule of never working with animals.Watch the VW Polo ad

Editor’s Award for Excellence: Group Lotus

Since CEO Mike Kimberley took control in 2005, Group Lotus has gone from strength to strength. In the last year, the company’s engineering arm has worked on 340 projects for more than 140 clients. Its successes are not limited to consultancy, however, and it recently launched the mid-engined Evora, its first all-new car for 14 years.See pics of the Lotus Evora

Outstanding Achievement Award: Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata captured the attention of the world’s press with his plan to design and build the Nano, a small, cheap, fuel-efficient car that promises to revolutionise Indian family transport.Tata also successfully purchased Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford, freeing them from the financial shackles of their parent company and allowing their British management to set out an impressive new model strategy.Read how Ratan Tata kick-started Jaguar's new model blitz

Automotive Leader of the Future Award: Leighanne Earley

The meteoric career path of Leighanne Earley has left few observers unmoved. Since Earley graduating from Coventry University’s Transport Design course in the late 1990s she has worked twice for Citroen, on the impressive C-Buggy and C-Cactus concepts, and most recently on the stunning Citroen Hypnos concept that captured the spirit of this year’s Paris motor show.See pics of the Citroen Hypnos

Car Company of the Year Award: Hyundai Kia

When the Hyundai Kia group announced its plans five years ago to become the world’s fifth-largest car maker, analysts were sceptical. Since then the development of a regional design and engineering team to produce models targeted at the European market has worked wonders, bringing on line cars that look great, work well and have class-leading warranties.Read Autocar's Hyundai i20 first drive

 

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18 November 2008

You people at Autocar have to realise that McLaren DID NOT WIN a championship this year. Hamilton and Ferrari respectively did! It's not that hard to comprehend... just go over the championship standings!

18 November 2008

[quote REALZEUS]

You people at Autocar have to realise that McLaren DID NOT WIN a championship this year. Hamilton and Ferrari respectively did! It's not that hard to comprehend... just go over the championship standings!

[/quote] Where, exactly, does Autocar claim McLaren won the championship?

18 November 2008

Well, in the first paragraph they wrote about McLaren's triumph when actually it is Hamilton's triumph. I am sick and tired of people overlooking the fact that Ferrari actually triumphed taking 8 wins and the championship versus McLaren's 6 and hence the 2nd place in the final constructors' standings.

18 November 2008

[quote REALZEUS]

Well, in the first paragraph they wrote about McLaren's triumph when actually it is Hamilton's triumph. I am sick and tired of people overlooking the fact that Ferrari actually triumphed taking 8 wins and the championship versus McLaren's 6 and hence the 2nd place in the final constructors' standings.

[/quote] Really? Well I'm sick and tired of Ferrari apologists excusing their team's win-at-any-costs behaviour - and the conniving indulgence of the sport's governing body to ensure that happens whenever possible. McLaren deserves to celebrate the driver's championship every bit as much as Hamilton does - a victory that had to be fought for every step of the way. Ferrari's constructors championship would be taken far more seriously if there hadn't been some very questionable decisions in the team's favour. As it is: up yours, Maranello - McLaren took the one that mattered!

18 November 2008

I'd have liked to see the Citroen C5 advert win. Glad to see the Hypnos as concept of the year!!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

18 November 2008

[quote ESP deactivated]ESP deactivated wrote the following post at Nov 18, 2008 5:15 PM:

[quote REALZEUS]

Well, in the first paragraph they wrote about McLaren's triumph when actually it is Hamilton's triumph. I am sick and tired of people overlooking the fact that Ferrari actually triumphed taking 8 wins and the championship versus McLaren's 6 and hence the 2nd place in the final constructors' standings.

[/quote] Really? Well I'm sick and tired of Ferrari apologists excusing their team's win-at-any-costs behaviour - and the conniving indulgence of the sport's governing body to ensure that happens whenever possible. McLaren deserves to celebrate the driver's championship every bit as much as Hamilton does - a victory that had to be fought for every step of the way. Ferrari's constructors championship would be taken far more seriously if there hadn't been some very questionable decisions in the team's favour. As it is: up yours, Maranello - McLaren took the one that mattered!

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Matters to who? Most enthusiast care most about the team. It's like in footblal. Do you really care more about who plays for your favourite team or whether the team eventually wins? Ferrari's 8 victories and most fastest laps and pole positions prove that the F2008 was the best/quickest car and hence won the title. That would bring the total Constructors' Titles to 16 for Ferrari vs 8 for McLaren... Poor Ron...

26 November 2008

[quote REALZEUS]Matters to who? Most enthusiast care most about the team. It's like in footblal.[/quote] What planet are you from? Driver standings are always shown ahead of team standings because it's drivers who ultimately win or lose the races. Look at any TV coverage, look at the official F1 web site - the constructor's championship takes second place to the driver's. The only time people bemoan the amount of attention given to a winning driver is when their guy didn't win. Mentioning no names...

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