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.
RTT USA Inc., Troy, Mich.
For: RTT DeltaGen (pictured above)
From the judges' citation: "RTT's DeltaGen is a visualization toolset that allows OEMs to develop photo-realistic virtual reality models of vehicles and components straight from existing CAD data. By using RTT DeltaGen, OEMs like Porsche, Audi, Opel, Mercedes-Benz, VW and Lamborghini are able both to drastically cut their use of clay models in vehicle design development, and leverage CAD data into advertising, marketing and point-of-sale materials."
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."