Student's winning idea of a plug-in hybrid electric two-wheeler “was no less than brilliant”
25 November 2010

The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award 2010 has crowned Loughborough University student, Hari Meyyappan, its winner.

His idea of a plug-in hybrid electric two-wheeler “was no less than brilliant,” according to Autocar’s own editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley.

Meyyappan had to fend off stiff competition from six fellow finalists, but emerged its worthy winner after a strong and confident pitch. "Hari’s presentation was very competent and he dealt with the questioning by ‘The Dragons’ extremely well," Cropley said.

“The judges and I will be watching his career progress with interest,” he added.

After collecting his award, Meyyappan said: “I am overwhelmed at winning the Next Generation Award and really proud of my achievement. It has been my dream since childhood to work in the automotive industry and hopefully I am now one step closer.”

His prize is five months of work experience with award partners Honda UK, the Marshall Motor Group, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz Retail and Toyota GB, as well as a cash prize of £7500.

Entrants had to provide a plausible 1000-word paper in response to the following competition brief:

"As world demand for cars continues to climb steeply, the industry faces unprecedented challenges – from encroaching legislation, traffic congestion, declining oil reserves, indecision over which technological avenue to follow, economic uncertainty and rising public misunderstanding of its objectives."

"Write an article which (1) lays out and justifies your forecast of major car industry trends over the next 10 years, and (2) uses your specific study area to propose one or more original actions you believe would improve the situation."

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out