Automotive News and co-sponsors Microsoft, SAP and Transportation Research Center Inc., present the winners of the 2007 Automotive News PACE Awards. These 12 winners, and three Collaborator Awards, were judged to be the best of the best in creating innovative products and processes. A group of independent judges selected the winners from a field of 23 finalists. The awards were presented at the 13th annual PACE Awards ceremony on April 16 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Alcoa Wheel Products, Cleveland
For: Dura-Bright Wheels with XBR Technology
From the judges' citation: "Alcoa's Dura-Bright forged aluminum wheels represent a winning innovation that not only eliminates the impact of penetrating brake dust but can be cleaned very simply and without harsh chemicals, simply by rinsing with water. Dura-Bright's finish is actually an integral part of the surface structure of the wheel. This breakthrough chemical compatibility involves a proprietary method of pre-treatment of the aluminum substrate, then the application of a siloxane-based film that actually bonds with the aluminum, becoming integrated with the surface."