For: Electronically Scanning Radar
From the judges' citation: "For the first time, adaptive cruise control, early collision warning and a host of related safety features will be affordable for all vehicle classes. Achieving multimode long- and short-range radar in a single box, Delphi's innovative design represents a significant breakthrough in cost/performance and manufacturability."
Dura Automotive Systems Inc.
Rochester Hills, Mich.
For: Horizontal Sliding Rear Window with Defrost
From the judges' citation: "With a target buyer demographic [for pickups] as much urban as rural, a defrost feature on the rear sliding window has become a necessity. Dura's horizontal sliding rear window with defrost incorporates the defrost capability without compromising design or degrading styling aesthetics."
Meridian Lightweight Technologies Inc.
For: Single Piece Cast Magnesium Liftgate Inner Panel
From the judges' citation: "The magnesium tailgate inner is the largest die cast magnesium closure panel globally. It not only saves substantial weight but also functions as the primary structural load-carrying component of the liftgate assembly, meeting stringent crash performance requirements."
For: Super High Power Electrocoat
From the judges' citation: PPG's "new paint chemistry for [electrocoat] systems achieves 'super-high throw,' allowing paint to penetrate recesses and coat interior surfaces without excess paint on exterior surfaces. … In one year, PPG and Toyota have launched super-high-throw electrocoat at 11 plants in North America and Europe."
TI Group Automotive Systems
Auburn Hills, Mich.
For: Dual Channel Single Stage (DCSS 39-50) Electric Fuel Pump
From the judges' citation: "With its innovative geometry of two sets of turbine blades in parallel on a single impeller, the dual-channel, single-stage pump achieves greatly increased dynamic operating range to accommodate a wide range of conventional and flex-fuel powertrains. Its 20 percent higher efficiency affords lower electrical demand and longer life."
For: WABCO OptiDrive
From the judges' citation: "WABCO's configure-to-order OptiDrive system improves vehicle control and safety while enhancing the driver's effectiveness. It also significantly contributes to decreased fuel consumption and reduced maintenance cost for the vehicle's powertrain. OptiDrive's modularity and reliance on advanced electronics enables a rapid low-cost development cycle that allows WABCO to go into markets and product segments that previously could not support automatic manual transmissions' upfront investment costs."