DETROIT -- New technologies in the race for lighter-weight vehicles dominated the 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards on Monday night.
The annual awards for outstanding supplier innovations singled out seven new concepts that are helping automakers trim weight, ounce by ounce, to meet tougher expectations on fuel economy around the world.
A total of 13 PACE Awards went to technologies across a wide range of vehicle components. Additionally, Audi, Ford and Honda won PACE Awards for collaborating with suppliers to deliver innovations.
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Those reviewing accolades include a new process from Faurecia Automotive Seating for giving textures and designs to seat covers while reducing the amount of material involved, and an electronic door latch developed by Magna Closures that eliminated several of the electrical parts previously required.
The PACE Awards are an annual recognition of proven new ideas in design and technology that are shaping the auto industry.
“Innovation needs commercial success for validation and competitive impact,” said J Ferron, PACE director of judging. “Otherwise it remains a nice science project.
“For an automotive supplier, innovation success in the marketplace defines both future margin and expansion of customer relationships.”
Here are the 2016 Automotive News PACE Award winners and their innovations:
- Bosch -- Farmington Hills, Mich.: Linear force solenoid
- Delphi Automotive -- Auburn Hills, Mich.: Dual role hub
- Faurecia Automotive Seating -- Nanterre, France: Cover carving technology
- Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies -- Columbus, Ind.: Exhaust system adaptive valve
- Federal-Mogul -- Nuremberg, Germany: Hybrid induction welding for steel pistons
- FTE Automotive -- Ebern, Germany: Low-pressure oil pump assembly for transmission dry-sump lubrication
- Gentex Corp. -- Zeeland, Mich.: Full display mirror
- GKN Driveline -- Redditch, Worcestershire-UK: Premium sideshaft technology
- Ichikoh -- Isehara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan: LED light source module
- Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd. -- Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken, Japan: Single LED bi-functional projector headlamp
- Magna Closures -- Newmarket, Ontario: SMARTLATCH
- Valeo -- Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France: Electric supercharger
- Valeo -- La Verriere, France -- Water-cooled condenser
Three automakers were awarded for fostering innovation through partnerships with suppliers:
- Audi AG, for the low-pressure oil pump assembly for transmission dry-sump lubrication with FTE automotive and the oil distribution system with Roechling Automotive
- Ford Motor Co., for the Twinster all-wheel-drive system with GKN Driveline
- Honda R&D Americas Inc., for the bidirectional long-range communications system with Continental