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.

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.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • 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