The fourth edition of the Indian Automotive Technology and Innovation Awards (IATIA) was held on December 15, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, New Delhi. Instituted by Auto Tech Review, the country’s premier automotive technology magazine, IATIA honours excellence in automotive technology and recognises the spirit of innovation among the manufacturers, suppliers, and engineering students in India.
It was sometime in 2013 that the first seeds for creating an awards property exclusively for the Indian engineering, technology and innovation community were inseminated. Almost all awards in the Indian automotive sector until then were product-centric. That’s what IATIA resolved to change, with the aim to recognise the engineering behind such products, and the technologies that made them the products they are.
The aim of IATIA is to recognise and applaud new innovative automotive technologies that have the potential to make a significant positive impact. The IATIA focusses on local engineering & technology development, significant improvements in engineering processes and major technical upgrades.
The IATIA 2017 featured awards across nine categories – engines, transmissions, safety, convenience, environment, technology innovation, student innovator, automotive tech start-up and readers’ choice technology.
True to the spirit of these awards, a new category titled Automotive Tech Start-Up of the Year (ATSoY) was introduced to the IATIA line-up this year. ATSoY has been conceptualised with a specific goal in mind: to recognise, honour and reward budding technology entrepreneurs in the Indian automotive sector, who've not just made their mark by bringing to the market unique solutions aimed at the sector, but have also successfully scaled up their ventures.
All entries were screened by our external jury members comprising distinguished industry professionals like Shrikant R Marathe (Ex-Director, Automotive Research Association of India), Dr RK Malhotra (President, SAEINDIA and Director General, Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry), Dr Arun Jaura (Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Centre LLP), Sajid Mubashir (Scientist G, DHI-DST Technology Platform for Electric Mobility, Govt of India), Kaushik Madhavan (Head – Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan) and Deepangshu Dev Sarmah (Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review).
In addition, a separate jury was formed for the ATSoY with CV Raman (Senior Executive Director – Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd), Chetan Maini (Vice Chairman, Sun Mobility), Dilip Chenoy (Chairman, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology), Avik Chattopadhyay (Co-Founder, Expereal), Deepak Jain (Managing Director, Lumax Industries Ltd), Kaushik Madhavan (Head – Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan), Dr Prakash Sharma (Head of Mentorship Programme, AutoNebula) and Deepangshu Dev Sarmah (Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review).
As part of our vehicle evaluation process, we were joined by our Jury Drive partner, Express Drives as well as Indeep Madan, MD, VCA India and Avik Chattopadhyay as external jurors.
Attended by the high and mighty of the Indian automotive industry, IATIA 2017 was once again a big success and drew appreciation from OEMs and suppliers alike. Speaking on the occasion, Deepangshu Dev Sarmah, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review made a fervent appeal for a greater synergy between the auto industry and academia.
“For the last four years, we’ve been promoting the Student Innovator of the year challenge. While we are extremely happy with the way this property has developed for us, we expect this to grow much larger in the years to come. Our objective is to bring the academia and industry together so they can benefit mutually from their association. In this regard, I want to make an appeal to the industry to come forward to support this student initiative. We hear the industry talk about the lack of quality education, or the falling quality of students in colleges. We can address all these shortcomings via this partnership between academia and the industry,” he said.
IATIA 2017 was supported by a host of organisations – Association Partners, SAEINDIA and NASSCOM Centre of Excellence – IoT; Category Sponsor, COMSOL; Outreach Partner, AutoNebula; Supporting Partner, LUCAS-TVS; Open Innovation Partner, Worldwide Academia Industry Network (WAIN); Global Strategic Partner, 100 Open Startups; Process Partner, Frost & Sullivan, Jury Drive Partner Express Drives and Webcast Partner, 24 Frames Digital.
THE COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS AND WINNERS:
Engine of the Year – 4W, Under 1.5 L, Petrol, 1 L Boosterjet (Baleno), Maruti Suzuki India
Engine of the Year – 4W, Above 1.5 L, Petrol, 1.6 L Gamma (Verna), Hyundai Motor India
Engine of the Year – 4W, Above 1.5 L, Petrol, 3.8 L VR38DETT V6 (GT-R), Nissan Motor India
Engine of the Year – 4W, Under 1.5 L, Diesel, 1.5 L Turbodiesel (Nexon), Tata Motors
Engine of the Year – 4W, Above 1.5 L, Diesel, 2 L, D5 (V90 Cross Country), Volvo Auto India
Engine of the Year – 2W, Under 250 cc, 249 cc FI (FZ25), India Yamaha Motor
Engine of the Year – 2W, Above 500 cc, 765 cc, 3-cylinder (Street Triple S), Triumph Motorcycles India
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Manual, 6-speed TA6300 (Nexon), Tata Motors
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Automatic, 7-speed DSG DQ500 (Tiguan), Volkswagen India
Transmission of the Year – 2W, Automatic, 6-speed DCT (Africa Twin), Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India
Transmission Technology of the year, 4th Generation AMT, Magneti Marelli India
Safety Technology of the Year (Supplier), Advanced Driver Assistive Systems – Co-Pilot, The Hitech Robotics Systemz
Safety Technology of the Year (OEM), Nissan Connect – Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM), Nissan Motor India
Environment Technology of the Year (Supplier), Duratrap® AT Partial Filter, Corning
Environment Technology of the Year (OEM), Ecosense, Mahindra & Mahindra
Convenience Technology of the Year (Supplier), Infotainment system – "The New Age XUV", Visteon India
Convenience Technology of the Year (OEM), Connected Apps – XUV500, Mahindra & Mahindra
Technology Innovation of the Year (OEM), Eco Coating Technology (Verna), Hyundai Motor India
Technology Innovation of the Year (Supplier), Steering Gear with Optimum Output Torque-to-Weight Ratio, Rane TRW Steering System
Technology Innovation of the Year (Supplier), Hybrid System for Two-Wheelers, INA Bearings India
Student Innovator of the Year, Cargo Ground Build-up Systems (CGBS), IIT, Madras
Student Innovator of the Year, Wheel Hub for Tractors, SRM University, Chennai
Automotive Tech Startup of the Year, Freight Logistics Platform, FreightBazaar
Automotive Tech Startup of the Year, Ola Play, ANI Technologies
Automotive Tech Startup of the Year, Disruptive Analytics, Alteryx Automotive Analytics
Readers' Choice Technology of the Year, HET Tyres, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India
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