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SMMT reveals shortlisted entries for 2011 Innovation Award

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today revealed the six shortlisted entries for its Award for Automotive Innovation 2011, showcasing the cutting-edge R&D work currently taking place in the UK automotive industry.

Now in its second year, the award finds the UK’s most innovative automotive products, technologies and ideas that have the potential to transform the automotive industry. Six have successfully been shortlisted to go through to the final stage of the competition.

SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2011 shortlisted entries:

• Ashwoods Automotive – The Hybrid Drive System
• ABB Product Group EV Charging Infrastructure – The Terra 100.2 dual post plus base station
• Flybrid Systems LLP – The CFT KERS
• Intelligent Energy – The Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter
• Jaguar Land Rover – The Range_e
• WABCO Holdings – The WABCO TailGUARD

Sponsored by GKN Driveline, the award received entries from across the automotive sector, including cars, components, aftermarket and commercial vehicles.

“The calibre of entries for this year’s award reflects the strength of the automotive sector and the value of investing in new products and technologies,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

“I am delighted that UK automotive has again demonstrated it is world-class in the fields of product development and design and I look forward to judging the winner of this year’s award.”

The shortlisted entries go through to the final stage of the competition, at which they will present to a Dragon’s Den-style panel of industry leaders. The winner will be announced at SMMT’s Annual Dinner on November 22 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

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