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News   September 19, 2002   by Auto Service World

Bosch, Audi, and Volkswagen Share Top Innovation Awards At Automechanika


Robert Bosch, Audi, and Volkswagen have all been honored with the Innovation Prizes at Automechanika, Europe’s largest all-segment automotive industry show and one of the largest of its kind in the world.
The Automechanika Innovation Prize was presented to Robert Bosch for the brake-by-wire system developed in cooperation with DaimlerChrysler. The system will bring about an increase in road safety by automatically bringing the vehicle to an emergency stop should the driver not be able to do so in time. This component ensures outstanding braking dynamics.
Also selected for the Innovation Prize was Audi AG for its small but powerful Pocket Diagnosis System, which provides the service technician with reliable information about malfunctions in the vehicle’s electronic system. The Pocket System is distinguished by mobility, functionality and handiness.
The third Innovation Prize was awarded to Volkswagen AG for its internal television (iTV), which represents a new way in training and information transmission to dealers. The iTV system permits interactive communication with sound and moving pictures using a voice and data return channel in television quality.
For the first time, this year’s Automechanika saw the award of an Innovation Prize for outstanding, interdisciplinary achievements. This prize also went to Volkswagen AG for its Technical Service Centre (TCS), which simplifies the communication process between workshops and the manufacturer, enables manufacturer-supported vehicle diagnosis and repairs to be carried out and, therefore, represents an improvement in the standards of service offered to drivers.
Michael von Zitzewitz, chairman of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt, presented the Automechanika Innovation Prizes.
The Innovation Prize is one of the foremost awards for the international automobile industry and, today, is an outstanding marketing tool for all prize winners.
“New products are the driving force of the automobile industry and, with the Innovation Prize, we are supporting innovation in this sector,” said Gerhard Gladitsch, the member of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt responsible for the Automechanika.
Additionally, awards of distinction were presented to the winners of the eight product groups auto repair, auto care, auto environment, auto color, auto parts, autotronic, auto accessories, auto business as well as to the holders of second and third places.
The winners of these awards had not been announced.


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