The week in one story
17 November 2006

It's been an award-winning week here at Autocar. It's not that we've won anything, but we've been doling out the gongs.

The prize-giving started on Monday, when the multi-talented new Ford S-Max won Car of the Year 2007. The Ford won by one of the narrowest margins ever – leading by just three points from the Vauxhall Corsa.

On Tuesday, we hosted our annual Autocar Awards ceremony, this year at the spectacular new Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in Surrey.

Ford of Britain boss Roelant de Waard collected the Car of the Year award in person 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.

There were nine other awards on the night - read all about them here – but perhaps the highlight of the evening was BMW design boss Chris Bangle talking about his designs, and his visions for the future.

There have been plenty of new cars this week. BMW announced production of the Hydrogen 7, while our Matt Saunders drove it. We got our first official look at the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, and Maybach unveiled the extra-special 62S, for those with £340,000 or so to spare.

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Much cheaper, but no less exciting, was our first glimpse of the forthcoming VW Passat R36. With a 3.6-litre V6, 296bhp and four-wheel-drive, it promises to be a grown-up Golf GTi.

Come back next week for all the latest news.

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