The 20 most significant PACE Award winners of the past 20 years, as chosen by Automotive News
Innovation: Two-stage turbocharging coordinates action of high-pressure and low-pressure turbines.
Innovation: Device opens rear liftgate when motorist swipes foot under bumper.
Innovation: Common-rail diesel direct injection uses piezo injectors, which atomize fuel very finely.
Innovation: Delmia software suite plans virtual production.
Innovation: Folded tubes replace extruded tubes to simplify manufacturing of heat exchangers.
Innovation: Primer and basecoat system allows two-layer painting with one pass through paint shop.
Innovation: Scrubber cleans waste paint spray from paint booths.
Innovation: IROX coating for engine bearings reduces friction.
Innovation: Exterior mirror dims automatically.
Halla Climate Control
Innovation: Advanced blade and shroud reduces noise of cooling fan.
Innovation: Mirror seamlessly combines main mirror with wide-angle auxiliary mirror to eliminate blind spot.
Innovation: Microsoft Auto software operates Ford's Sync infotainment system.
Innovation: LED headlamp light source is durable and energy efficient.
PPG Industries Inc.
Innovation: Andaro tint dispersions achieve vibrant paint colors.
Robert Bosch GmbH
Innovation: High-pressure common-rail diesel fuel injection popularized diesels.
Innovation: Fully variable valve lifters allow engine to operate efficiently at all rpms.
TK Holdings Inc.
Innovation: Vacuum folding shrinks airbag into small space for better interior design.
Innovation: Retractor automatically removes seat-belt slack before impending crash.
Innovation: Air intake module with water cooling cuts diesel emissions.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Innovation: Eight-speed transmission improves fuel economy.