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The innovative automotive sector

The Dutch automotive sector is dynamic and innovative. Through the Automotive Innovation Award Foundation, the ANWB, AutomotiveNL, BOVAG, LeasePlan, RAI Vereniging and Roland Berger aim to raise awareness of the sector’s innovative capacity. The foundation presents prestigious awards to promising innovations that make mobility smarter, cleaner and more efficient. At the awards ceremony on April 19, 2021, numerous automotive players will come together to exchange knowledge, join forces and build new partnerships.

Automotive Innovation Award winners announced

The three winners of the 2019 Automotive Innovation Award have been announced. Punch Powertrain, with its new hybrid transmission DT2, has won in the Technology category. The winner of the Services category is the interactive information platform TLEX from Monotch. Lightyear has been chosen as the most innovative idea in the Challenging Concepts category with its Lightyear One, an electric, solar-powered car. The public's prize also goes to Lightyear One. These innovations, says jury chair Jan Peter Balkenende, confirm the international, innovative capacity of the Dutch automotive sector. Read more


It's a public secret that I'm obsessed with anything to do with cars. In the automotive sector, everything comes together: innovation, employment, sustainability and design, and of course the fun and feeling of freedom thanks to mobility. Read more

Facts & figures

The Dutch automotive sector brings in an impressive 65 billion euros a year and employs around 120,000 people. Impressive figures. Read more

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