Audi wins European Inventor of the Year 2008
* High distinction for Audi Space Frame technology
* European Patent Office honors Audi lightweight aluminum design
* Audi concept successfully reduces fuel consumption
The European Patent Office has named AUDI AG European Inventor of the Year. The honor is bestowed on companies whose ideas have made significant contributions to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. Audi was recognized for the invention of Audi Space Frame technology (ASF).
Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission, honored the winners. “The European Inventors of the Year 2008 have developed true innovations.” The award, which has now been presented for the third time, is intended to promote Europe’s image as the “Continent of Innovations.”
“The award is a testament to our lead in lightweight aluminum design technology, an area that is so important for the automobile industry,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. Competing in the “Industry” category, the ASF technology of the brand with the four rings was named the winner over competitors’ patents.