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World Car Awards contenders feature Autoneum components

Most of the eligible vehicles benefit from Autoneum’s innovation in thermal and acoustic management.

11th September 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Winterthur

Transport/​Aerospace, Interiors

Majority of eligible models features Autoneum components. © Autoneum

With the announcement of the eligible vehicle models, the World Car Awards 2020 kicked off yesterday at the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. This year again, the majority of contenders is equipped with lightweight components for acoustic and thermal management from Autoneum. The world’s leading automobile industry awards will be presented at the New York Motor Show in the spring of 2020.

A total of 46 new vehicle models have passed the initial screening and are now contenders for trophies in the categories World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car and World Car Design of the Year, including five new fully electric models alone.

Whether it’s a lightweight underbody, a noise-absorbing carpet system or a heat-reducing engine encapsulation – most of the eligible vehicles benefit from Autoneum’s innovation in thermal and acoustic management, according to the manufacturer. Autoneum’s expertise extends to new forms of mobility such as electric vehicles: also thanks to numerous Autoneum components, Jaguar’s fully-electric SUV I-PACE impressed the jurors for the World Car Awards 2019, which was the first model ever to be named World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car at the same time.

“Once again, the contenders are testimony to our innovation leadership. The World Car Awards also confirm our forward-looking approach: Nominated e-models feature Autoneum components as well. Welcoming our industry’s transformation early on, we today supply environmentally sustainable, lightweight components for most electric models available worldwide,” said Martin Hirzel, Autoneum CEO, on the occasion of today’s eligibility announcement.

Gerry Malloy, President of the World Car Awards Association, added: “As a market leader, Autoneum is the ideal partner for us. Our shared commitment to innovation was a decisive factor in forming a partnership back in 2014. Nowadays, this is a crucial aspect for manufacturers and suppliers who wish to remain successful in times of industrial and technological change.”

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