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.

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