Every year the Autocar Awards celebrate the biggest success stories of the past 12 months – and those who made them happen.
This year's awards ceremony took place at the spectacular Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands on Tuesday night.
Highlight of the event was a speech by controversial BMW design director Chris Bangle, who discussed the thoughts behind both his current designs and the cars of tomorrow.
The evening started with Ford of Britain chairman Roelant de Waard collecting the Car of the Year award for the S-Max from Autocar editor-in-chief Steve Cropley.
"This is the first MPV where you can imagine the owner has a sex life," said de Waard, candidly. We have to agree, although it's probably having a sex life that leads to many owners having to buy an MPV in the first place…
Watch the video of the presentation here.
There were eight other awards, starting with the award for car ad of the year – as voted for by you, the readers of Autocar.co.uk
Car advert of the year – Honda Impossible DreamThis brilliant two-minute film – from ad agency Wieden & Kennedy – symbolically recounts the life story of Soichiro Honda's life to the strains of '70s crooner Andy Williams.
Concept car of the year - Saab Aero XThe Aero X elegantly takes familiar Saab cues and shows how they can be incorporated into modern design.
Safety and technology award - Volvo Blind Spot Information SystemThis clever system uses cameras in the door mirrors to warn you of vehicles in your blind spot. It really works, is affordable and will no doubt soon become commonplace.