Autocar just announced their Autocar Award winners, which "celebrate the biggest success stories of the past 12 months – and those who made them happen." One of the highlights of the evening was when it was announced that Autocar readers had selected the Ford S-Max as Car Of The Year. They weren't the first to select this MPV as a COTY and probably won't be the last. When Ford of Britain chairman Roelant de Waard collected the award from Autocar editor-in-chief Steve Cropley, he explained the appeal of the S-Max thusly: "This is the first MPV where you can imagine the owner has a sex life."

Other notable winners included the Saab Aero X as Concept of the Year, Audi as Car Company of the year, and the Fiat Punto as Design of the year. The Aero X was recognized for "elegantly taking familiar Saab cues and showing how they can be incorporated into modern design." OK, we just think it looks like the Saab folks finally got serious about showing their fighter jet roots. And succeeded. Even if it isn't as functional as some would like it to be. Full list of winners after the jump.

[Source: Autocar]


Car of the Year – Ford S-Max

Car Advert of the Year – Honda Impossible Dream

Concept car of the year - Saab Aero X

Safety and Technology Award - Volvo Blind Spot Information System

Car Company of the Year – Audi

Idea of the Year – Kia's seven-year warranty

Special Achievement Award – Sir Anthony Bamford

Design of the Year – Fiat Punto

Outstanding Achievement Award – Martin Smith

Motorsport Award – GP2