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Autocar Awards 2019 – all of the automobiles
Celebrating crucial automobiles of the previous yr and the inspirational individuals who make them

The Autocar Awards, in affiliation with NOCO, celebrates essentially the most spectacular motoring achievements of the previous 12 months and the individuals liable for driving the trade ahead. 

Held at Silverstone’s Wing complicated, this yr’s occasion shone a highlight on the superb automobiles, progressive technical achievements and galvanizing leaders which have helped to make 2019 one other pivotal yr for motoring. 

Our high accolade, the Issigonis Trophy, was awarded this yr to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, whose ardour for all issues automotive and a customer-friendly enterprise ethos have helped set up his model as a flagbearer for innovation and growth. 

Autocar Awards 2019: Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche wins Issigonis Award​

The Sturmey Trophy for technical achievement, named after Autocar founder Henry Sturmey, was given to Renault designer Laurens van den Acker. Underneath his design stewardship, the French model’s fashions have change into famend for his or her progressive and delightful styling, serving to to make the way forward for motoring look very brilliant certainly. 

Autocar Awards 2019: Laurens van den Acker wins Sturmey Award​

Learn on to search out out who gained the remainder of this yr’s awards.

You may as well discover in-depth protection of the Autocar Awards on this week’s Autocar journal. To subscribe, click on right here. To purchase a digital copy, click on right here.

Editor’s award

Andy Palmer

Aston Martin president and CEO Andy Palmer took dwelling this yr’s Editor’s Award for the recent lease of life he has injected into considered one of Britain’s best-loved manufacturers.

Palmer’s Second Century marketing strategy has already led to Aston Martin opening a second manufacturing facility in Wales, and the agency will quickly convey a premium SUV, numerous electrical and mid-engined fashions and the mind-bending Valkyrie hypercar to market. 

Lifetime Achievement

Mike Cross

The winner of this yr’s Lifetime Achievement Award has no intentions of chucking up the sponge. Jaguar Land Rover’s long-time chief engineer, Mike Cross, ensures his ardour for dynamism and refinement is clear throughout the corporate’s total product vary. 

Dealing with has change into a defining attribute of all JLR automobiles, and it is due to Mike’s drive and experience that the corporate owes this radical reinvention of picture. 

Recreation Changers

Our game-changers class highlights these automobiles liable for bringing new, increased requirements to a hard-fought class or defying conventions to convey sudden profit for patrons.

Ferrari 488 Pista

Even earlier than getting behind the wheel of the 488 Pista, it might be exhausting for anybody to stay unmoved by its placing curves and tell-tale aerodynamic enhancements. 

This mid-engined monster gained favour with the Autocar take a look at crew for its circuit-destroying tempo and agility, mixed with a degree of accessibility unprecedented within the supercar section. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the 488 Pista

Hyundai Nexo

Hyundai’s Kona Electrical made the case for mass-market electrification an unexpectedly enticing proposition, however the Korean producer is not placing all its eggs in a single basket. 

The Nexo is a hydrogen-fuelled SUV you possibly can go and purchase from a dealership proper now, whereas most producers are taking part in catch-up with various fuelling strategies. On-road refinement, satisfying efficiency and memorable styling are simply a number of the causes the Nexo deserves a spot on our stage. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the Hyundai Nexo

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Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

On to a different producer with massive plans for electrification, and it isn’t one which we foresaw turning into a flag-bearer for effectivity. Mercedes-AMG is taking its vary of unbelievable efficiency automobiles into the longer term with new mild-hybrid expertise, as featured on the CLS 53 super-saloon.

The departure of the model’s iconic V8 powertrain has made method for an electrified three.Zero-litre straight-six, and our time behind the wheel confirmed us the swap is not any bum deal. AMG, then, has drawn up a blueprint for the way forward for efficiency automobiles. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

Suzuki Jimny

We waited twenty years for the brand new Jimny, and infrequently does a automotive make such a splash upon arrival. 

Its immediate recognisability and shocking off-road competence made the diminutive 4×4 an immediate Autocar favorite and marked it out as a welcome antidote to at the moment’s cohort of colossal SUVs. 

Autocar’s Suzuki Jimny street take a look at

Toyota Corolla

Toyota’s new Corolla is an environment friendly, spacious household hatchback with a degree of dynamism, refinement and high quality that launched it straight to the highest of its section. 

The UK’s manufacturing sector is present process a tumultuous interval of well-documented uncertainty, so the truth that the brand new Corolla might be in-built Derbyshire is overwhelmingly welcome information for the nation’s motoring group. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the Corolla

Kia e-Niro 

Vary, efficiency, packaging and worth: the Kia e-Niro excels throughout the board with an nearly impercetible diploma of compromise. 

This compact SUV is liable for Kia’s speedy ascent to the highest of the EV section and represents an attractive proposition for patrons searching for to make the soar from typical fuelling strategies to electrification. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the e-Niro

Excellent UK Leaders

Graeme Grieve, UK managing director, BMW

Our first Excellent UK Chief is Graeme Grieve, whose time on the helm of BMW’s UK operation has resulted within the firm taking big steps ahead with out shedding sight of its heritage. 

The premium model is now well-established as one of many UK’s main sellers, and its enlargement into plenty of new segments will outline Grieve’s stewardship as one of the pivotal intervals in BMW’s historical past.

David Richards, chairman, Prodrive and Motorsport UK

Profitable the World Rally Championship with Ford in 1981 set David Richards on a path that might result in him turning into famend as a number one gentle in motorsport and technological growth. 

As boss of engineering agency Prodrive and chairman of Motorsport UK, Richards makes use of his wide-ranging affect to make sure motor racing stays thrilling, unpredictable and spectacular for rivals and spectators alike.

Paul Van der Burgh, GB managing director, Toyota

Widespread enthusiasm for the brand new Supra, RAV4 and Corolla is emblematic of Toyota’s latest reinvention as a model, and liable for its new-found success within the UK is Paul Van der Burgh. 

Toyota has been main the push in direction of hybridisation for years now, and with Paul within the driver’s seat within the UK, it is certain to go from energy to energy within the years to return. 

Used Automotive Hero

Volkswagen Golf

There is a candy spot within the used automotive market the place you possibly can have a comparatively recent motor with out bearing the brunt of the preliminary depreciation hit. Earlier this yr, our used automotive skilled James Ruppert, with the assistance of our educated readers, drew up a listing of the very best almost new bargains, with the Golf taking the highest spot. 

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An aesthetic, versatile household hatchback that has been on sale for almost half a century, the Golf remains to be taking big numbers of Britons from A to B each day. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the Volkswagen Golf

Finest Inexpensive Driver’s Automotive

Ford Fiesta ST

Late final yr, we staged a showdown to search out out which sub-£30,000 sports activities automotive provides patrons the very best mix of practicality and efficiency. 

Proving itself high of the category in our monitor take a look at and the difficult close by roads was Ford’s Fiesta ST. Regardless of making do with one fewer cylinder than its predecessor, this charming, spritely supermini continues the Blue Oval’s line of profitable forays into the new hatch section. 

Britain’s finest reasonably priced driver’s automotive – the showdown

Autocar’s evaluate of the Ford Fiesta ST

Finest driver’s automotive

McLaren 600LT

On the different finish of the sports activities automotive spectrum is the McLaren 600LT, which beat again competitors from Ferrari, Audi, Jaguar and Alpine to be named Britain’s finest driver’s automotive in our yearly competitors. 

Woking’s 592bhp marvel outshone every of its rivals, each on the difficult Anglesey Circuit and on the chic Welsh B-roads that hosted our group street take a look at. The competitors was extra fearsome than ever, making it all of the extra spectacular that 2018 was McLaren’s first victory. 

Learn the outcomes of our ‘Britain’s finest driver’s automotive’ contest

Autocar’s evaluate of the McLaren 600LT

Innovation Award

Land Rover – ClearSight Floor View

Our innovation award goes to a bit of expertise that managed to catch our consideration even on this period of quickly altering and more and more astounding automotive technological achievements.

Land Rover’s ClearSight Floor View, as pioneered by the brand new Vary Rover Evoque, improves visibility by making the automotive’s bonnet all however clear. Not solely will this be an enormous assist in difficult off-road environments, however it would additionally make life simpler when negotiating tight metropolis streets and cramped automotive parks. No competitor has something fairly like this, making the gadget an much more spectacular step ahead for Britain’s greatest automotive producer. 

Autocar’s evaluate of the brand new Vary Rover Evoque

Motorsport Hero

George Russell, Williams F1

Our motorsport hero comes from the world of Components 1 and is throughly deserving of the accolade after graduating to the top on benefit alone. 

George Russell, on the age of simply 21, has gained a seat with one of many sport’s most celebrated groups and is already a favorite candidate of Mercedes racing boss Toto Wolff to change into a future F1 star. With astonishing success within the GP3 and Components 2 classes already to his title, Russell could also be struggling to point out his potential with Williams this yr, however has proven he has the potential to make a lasting impression on the world’s main motorsport collection. 

Readers’ Champion Award

Lotus Elise

From a shortlist of 17 potential victors, the Lotus Elise took dwelling the readers’ alternative ‘Icon of Icons’ award. This yr, we requested you to vote for the best automotive nameplate of all time – and tens of hundreds of you took half.   

Single-handedly liable for pulling Lotus again from the brink, the immediately recognisable two-seater has constantly developed over the previous 23 years and nonetheless provides class-leading dealing with and responsiveness in a bundle that is as fascinating to take a look at as it’s to drive.

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Autocar’s evaluate of the Lotus Elise

Mundy Award for Engineering

Andreas Preuninger

Harry Mundy was the good engineer behind Lotus’s authentic twin-cam engine and the primary Jaguar V12, so naturally the award bearing his title goes to somebody liable for some equally spectacular feats of engineering. 

Andreas Preuninger heads up Porsche’s GT division, and he has attained hero standing with such gems because the Cayman GT4, the 911 GT3 and the four.Zero-litre naturally aspirated flat six within the just lately revealed 911 Speedster. 

Design Hero

Gilles Vidal 

Nice design brings good automobiles to a a lot wider viewers, and nowhere is that extra true than at Peugeot. Gilles Vidal’s penmanship has thrust the French producer a number of years forward of its rivals style-wise and is credited with turning the corporate’s fortunes round. 

His new 508 is a masterpiece of automotive design, and the upcoming 208 hatchback seems set to high the supermini charts due to a well-proportioned stance and distinctive traces. It can come as no shock, both, to study that Vidal was the genius behind final yr’s retro-inspired E-Legend idea. 

5-Star Vehicles

Autocar invented the street take a look at greater than 90 years in the past, and ours stays essentially the most thorough and exacting take a look at within the trade.

It is exceedingly uncommon for our crew of skilled testers to deem a brand new automotive worthy of the utmost five-star score, so the three machines that achieved the feat this yr have achieved one thing really particular. 

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Whereas it is shocking that the DBS Superleggera is Gaydon’s first five-star automotive, that it excelled in our street take a look at is something however shocking once you get behind the wheel. 

You’ve gotten solely to gaze upon the V12-powered flagship to realize an concept of simply how particular this automotive is, and its clean journey, composed dealing with and knockout energy supply are simply the icing on the cake. 

The five-star DBS Superleggera evaluate

BMW 320d

In a street take a look at you could learn on this week’s journal, the brand new BMW 320d proved itself able to fulfilling the necessities of the broadest temporary in motoring. 

Class-leading efficiency with economic system, superlative dealing with with consolation and cutting-edge expertise with on a regular basis usability: the three Collection finds the proper steadiness in each space conceivable, and it is completely deserving of the identical award bestowed upon its predecessor in 2012. 

All the main points on BMW’s new three Collection

McLaren Senna

Naming a automotive after one of many world’s best ever racing drivers creates sure expectations. Happily, the McLaren Senna makes good on each considered one of them. 

Laborious to consider although it’s, the Senna manages to strike a steadiness between blistering tempo and precise usability on the street. The peerless hypercar has impressed us again and again with groundbreaking efficiency, high-speed stability, superior braking response and an unmissable presence even when standing nonetheless. 

The Senna’s star-studded evaluate

You will discover additional in-depth protection of the Autocar Awards on this week’s Autocar journal. To subscribe, click on right here. To purchase a digital copy, click on right here.

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