New Issigonis Trophy for contribution to UK motor industry and Sturmey Award for innovation launched by world's oldest car magazine

Tonight Autocar will reveal the winners of three ground-breaking new awards designed to honour the highest-achieving individuals in the automotive sphere and the industry’s finest contemporary products and processes.

The first of the new awards is the Issigonis Trophy, which invokes the name of the legendary car designer Sir Alec Issigonis and will go to the individual who has contributed most to the health, excellence and world competitiveness of the UK motor industry.

The Sturmey Award is named after Autocar's founding editor, Henry Sturmey, and will recognise innovation and achievement.

Finally, to mark the fact that Autocar’s road test process is far more thorough than any competitor’s, manufacturers whose cars achieve a five-star road test verdict will in future receive a trophy commemorating the fact.

Autocar brand editor Chas Hallett said: “The aim of Autocar Stars is to celebrate the current and future success of the British car industry. And by celebrating the British car industry we are, of course, recognising global achievements and world-class design, engineering and manufacturing, which has been a hallmark of all of our success in the past decade.

“We have decided to award every manufacturer who has received a five star road test verdict for a car currently on sale. Autocar road tests are the toughest and most thorough in the business and getting full marks is a rare and distinguished achievement.”

The awards will be presented at a new Autocar Stars event held at the Hurlingham Club in south west London this evening.

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Join the debate


9 May 2014
What's the point?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune