The 2017 award winners of the International Grand Prix for Automotive Innovation

It’s official: the eight winners of the International Grand Prix for Automotive Innovation were announced on September 11th, as part of EQUIP AUTO 2017. Without further ado, discover in detail the technologies that made the difference in the eyes of judges.

The jury of the EQUIP AUTO International Automobile Innovation Awards has delivered its verdict! 50 journalists from 15 countries whittled down the 32 applications still in the race, within the eight categories of this 17th edition of these biennial awards.

Among the winners this year, an OEM managed to win three of the eight awards: Bosch Group. In the ‘pneumatics - wheel equipment and services’ category, the the company won for its TTM 2104 and 2204 pneumatic scanner, in the ‘lubricants, maintenance products’ segment with ENV4 and ENV6 brake fluids, and finally in ‘services for professionals’ thanks to its system of digital data exchange for workshops called CoRe (Connected Repair).

Connected technology also smiled on the Autodistribution group, whose AD Connect Auto solution, a mobile app coupled with an OBD dongle, won the attention of the jury in the ‘connected mobility services’ category. Note that this new solution will be presented for the first time at EQUIP AUTO.

On the ‘repair, maintenance & garage equipment’ equipment side, Sport System / Technifap won the category with its automated cleaning unit for particulate filters and catalysts. This station allows the filter to be completely cleaned in a fully automated, closed-circuit, chemical-free unit. In ‘bodywork & painting’, the jury’s choice was the Star Finish anti-static gun from Mixplast. By eliminating static electricity, this solution allows the entire treated area to be uniformly covered.

In the ‘parts, equipment & components’ category, the Mutibeam intelligent digital LED projector from Hella France was widely acclaimed by the jury. Adopted by Mercedes on the latest E-Class, this projector is equipped with optical units that work with a new design of a high-resolution LED chip module. In the ‘washing & service areas’ department, Heurtaux won with its Easy Jet high-pressure washing robot. Equipped with an automatic oscillating arm featuring Liquid'Brush technology, the installation ensures an efficient wash with a small footprint.

"The jury has given its verdict, and they’ve given pride of place to two fundamental trends that are already beginning to structure the after-sales market. The first is connectivity, as much for the driver as the repairer. The second trend is sustainable mobility, with innovations that make it possible to consume less, consume better. Our warmest congratulations to the winners, as well as to all those who entered this 17th edition of the Grand Prix," concluded Jérémie Morvan, president of the jury for EQUIP AUTO’s International Grand Prix for Automotive Innovation.

It should be noted that the official trophy presentation will take place during the gala evening, at the Cambon Pavilion, on October 17th, in the presence of numerous personalities from the automobile world and the media. On this evening the ‘Press Choice’ awards will be presented, chosen by French journalists in partnership with the AFPA and AJTE associations. These awards will reward the innovations that journalists have discovered through the stands, during the show.

THE 2017 AWARD WINNERS

  • Bodywork & painting: Mixplast, for its anti-static Star Finish gun.
  • Washing & service areas: Heurtaux, for its Easy Jet washing robot.
  • Pneumatics – wheel equipment & services: Robert Bosch France, for its TTM 2104 and 2204 pneumatic scanner.
  • Repair, maintenance & garage equipment: SportSystem, for its Technifap automated cleaning unit for particle filters and catalysts.
  • Lubricants & cleaning products: Robert Bosch France, for its ENV4 and ENV6 brake fluids.
  • Parts, equipment & components: HellaFrance, for its intelligent digital multibeam LED projector.
  • Connected mobility services: Autodistribution, for its AD connected box.
  • Services for professionals: Robert Bosch France, for its Bosch Connected Repair technology for digital data exchange in the workshop.

See the more detailed version of the winning products