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.