The fifth edition of the coveted Indian Automotive Technology and Innovation Awards (IATIA) – India’s only automotive technology and innovation award platform – was organised by Auto Tech Review on December 21, 2018, at Leela Ambience, Gurugram. A total of 30 awards were given out across six broad categories.
Instituted in 2014, the IATIA was conceived to recognise and honour excellence in the Indian engineering, technology and innovation community. Until then, almost all awards in the Indian automotive sector were product-centric, but IATIA resolved to recognise the engineering behind automotive products, and the technologies that make them the products they are.
While IATIA is a celebration of excellence in automotive technology, engineering and innovation, it also recognises and honours young engineering students and technology start-ups for products, systems, processes and services.
Auto Tech Review recognises the importance of offering engineering students a platform to connect, collaborate and possibly co-create products and solutions with the industry, for the industry. That has been the spirit behind the Student Innovator of the Year competition, which has been gaining immense popularity among the students community over the years. Three awards were given out this year in this category, which included cash rewards, trophies, certificates and vouchers to purchase books and journals.
In 2017, Auto Tech Review also instituted a unique competition for automotive technology start-ups – the Automotive Tech Start-up of the Year award (ATSoY) – which is evaluated by a jury comprising of industry stalwarts, including CV Raman, Sr Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India; Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI; Chetan Maini, Vice Chairman, SUN Mobility, and Avik Chattopadhyay, Co-founder, Expereal, Kaushik Madhavan, Vice President – Mobility, South Asia, Frost & Sullivan and Deepangshu Dev Sarmah, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review.
Entries for the other categories were evaluated by the IATIA jury. Unlike the previous years, the total numbers of categories this year were cut down to six from the previous 10, while the total number of awards increased from 26 to 30.
In the first part, the IATIA drives jury met on December 14, 2018, wherein they reviewed and tested more than 40 vehicles, with an almost equal number of entries in the four-wheelers and two-wheelers categories. The testing was undertaken by four drive jury members, who evaluated entries in each category on multiple parameters such as performance, compatibility, smoothness, NVH and driveability.
The grand jury for IATIA 2018 included Shrikant R Marathe, Ex-Director, Automotive Research Association of India; Dr RK Malhotra, Immediate Past President, SAEINDIA and Director General, Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry; Dr Arun Jaura, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Centre; Sajid Mubashir, Scientist G, Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India, Kaushik Madhavan, Vice President – Mobility, South Asia, Frost & Sullivan and Deepangshu Dev Sarmah, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review.
The IATIA 2018 for the first time ever featured a highly engaging panel discussion on “Collaborations in the automotive industry – from academia, to start-ups to industry”. The discussion saw panellists dwell on the role of OEMs, Tier I suppliers, industry consortiums and government agencies towards investing in technology and start-ups.
The panel discussion elaborated on the rapid changes in customer preferences, modes of transportation and evolution of products. Panellists also deliberated on the creation of a mobility ecosystem through collaborations and partnerships among various industry stakeholders.
The automotive industry is shifting from an ownership model to a usership model, said Raman. He also stated that shared mobility is gaining importance in India and vehicle manufacturers need to cater to this growing segment. Automakers must focus on collaboration to develop an ecosystem and on how a business case can be made out of all these activities that are taking place, he noted.
IATIA 2018 has once again panned out to be a huge success and was appreciated by OEMs and suppliers alike. This year, IATIA was organised in association with FICCI; Supported by Startup India – a flagship initiative of the Department of Policy & Promotion, Government of India; Association Partners SAEINDIA and NASSCOM Centre of Excellence IoT; Official Lubricants Partner Shell Lubricants; Gold Partner Lucas-TVS; Co-Partner Varroc; Outreach Partner AutoNebula; Process Partner Frost & Sullivan; jury Drives Partner Express Drives and Webcast partner 24 Frames Digital.
THE COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS AND WINNERS:
Engine of the Year – 4W, Sub 1.0 Litre, Ameo & Polo, Volkswagen India
Engine of the Year – 4W, 1.0 litre - 1.5 litre, Yaris, Toyota Kirloskar Motor
Engine of the Year – 4W, 1.5 litre - 2.0 litre, 630i GT, BMW India
Engine of the Year – 4W, 2.0 litre - 3.0 litre, XUV500, Mahindra and Mahindra
Engine of the Year – 4W, Performance Engine of the Year (Volume Segment), Tigor JTP, Tata Motors
Engine of the Year – 4W, Performance Engine of the Year (Premium Segment), X3, BMW India
Engine of the Year – 4W, New Entrant, XC40, Volvo Cars India
Engine of the Year – 4W, Technology Showcase (Volume Segment), Ciaz, Maruti Suzuki India
Engine of the Year – 4W, Technology Showcase (Premium Segment), C220D, Mercedes-Benz India
Engine of the Year – 2W, Scooter < 150 cc, Ntorq, TVS Motor Company
Engine of the Year – 2W, Motorcycle < 150 cc, CD 110 Dream, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India
Engine of the Year – 2W, Motorcycle 150 cc - 300 cc, R15 V3, India Yamaha Motor
Engine of the Year – 2W, Motorcycle > 500 cc, Tiger 1200, Triumph Motorcycles
Engine of the Year – 2W, Electric Powertrain (Scooter), 450, Ather Energy
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Automatic Transmission - Volume Segment (AMT), Santro, Hyundai Motor India
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Automatic Transmission - Volume Segment (CVT), Amaze, Honda Cars India
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Automatic Transmission - Premium Segment, 630i GT, BMW India
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Manual Transmission - Volume Segment, Freestyle, Ford India
Transmission of the Year – 4W, New Entrant, Ecosport, Ford India
Transmission of the Year – 4W, Four Wheel Drive Powertrain, XC40, Volvo Cars India
Technology Innovation of the Year (Supplier) - Winner, 2-speed seamless automatic transmission, Schaeffler India
Technology Innovation of the Year (Supplier) - Certificate, High Torque Steering Gear, Rane TRW Steering System
Technology Innovation of the Year (Supplier) – Certificate for Technology Adaptation, MX65 Manual Transmission, GETRAG Transmissions India
Technology Innovation of the Year (OEM) - Winner, Multiple Energy Management Strategies, Ashok Leyland
Technology Innovation of the Year (OEM) – Runner-up, TVS SmartXonnect Technology, TVS Motor Company
Student Innovator of the Year – Winner, Muskan Taneja, BITS PILANI KK BIRLA GOA CAMPUS for Design optimisation of automobile crash box
Student Innovator of the Year – 1st Runner up, Abdul Adil Basheer, SCMS SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY for Variable Intensity Brake Lighting
Student Innovator of the Year – 2nd Runner up, Kavya S, SRI SAIRAM ENGINEERING COLLEGE for Automatic ticket delivery system
Automotive Tech Startup of the Year – Winner, Ather Energy
Automotive Tech Startup of the Year – Runner-up, Waypals