Automotive’s Only Award Dedicated to Vehicle Lightweighting

Nominations for the 9th Annual Enlighten Award will open February 2021. Please check back for details to be provided soon.

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Automotive’s Only Award Dedicated to Vehicle Lightweighting

The Altair Enlighten Award is intended to honor the greatest achievements in vehicle weight savings each year. It inspires interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students and the public, creates further competition for new ideas in the industry, and provides an incentive to share technological advances. The award offers nominees the chance to be recognized internationally as a leading figure in the effort to reduce vehicle weight and meet emissions targets. The 2020 Altair Enlighten Award will be presented at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars on August 4th, 2020.


Why Enter?

The Altair Enlighten Award highlights achievements in lightweight design across the automotive industry. With the award winners receiving press coverage around the world, it is an excellent opportunity to become recognized globally as a pioneer in lightweighting technologies and methodologies.

Achieve recognition in the press worldwide

The previous awards were covered by more than 350 publications and news outlets across the world. Publications included: Automotive News, The Auto Channel, TenLinks, PlasticsNews, Wards Automotive, Desktop Engineering, Today’s Motor Vehicles and many more.

Featured in dedicated advertising

The winner of the Award will be featured in dedicated, full page advertising in the automotive heartlands of the US and Germany. Placements include Automotive Engineering International and Automobil Industrie.

Recognition from your industry peers

Collect the award from the world renowned Center
for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Michigan; an event attended by the world’s most prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Reward your design teams & attract new talent

Take back a physical award that represents your team’s achievements. Use the award to demonstrate your expertise to the industry and attract new talent to your organization.

Featured in interviews and blogs

Our winners are interviewed by the media, and are also featured on Altair’s blog.

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Past Participants

Our Judges

Altair is proud to announce the Enlighten Awards' independent panel of recognized industry expert judges.

Carla Bailo

Center of Automotive Research (CAR)

Chris Theodore

Theodore & Associates
Automotive Industry Consulting

George Panourgias


Shashank Modi

Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

Dr. Frank Zhao

Tsinghua University

Harvey Bell

University of Michigan

Thomas Günnel

Vogel Communications

Gary Latham

Pratt & Miller Engineering

Tony Norton


2020 Winners

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Advanced Sheet Compression Molded Suspension Steering Knuckle

Future of Lightweighting Winner


Ultimate Light Weight Aluminum/CFRP Body Side Panel by Topology Design

Future of Lightweighting Runner-up

Mubea (Muhr und Bender)

GFRP Tension Leaf Spring

Enabling Technology Winner

DuPont Transportation & Industrial

BETASEAL™ Bonded Thermoplastic Liftgates

Enabling Technology Runner-up


Knowledge Discovery using Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Data Mining

Enabling Technology Honorable Mention


Injection Molded Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Seat Back

Module Winner

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Electric Park Brake

Module Runner-up

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Livewire, Electric Motorcycle

Full Vehicle Winner


Sentra 2020 New Platform

Full Vehicle Runner-up

Past Participants

Explore previous years’ entrants to Altair Enlighten Award below. You can toggle between past awards by clicking on the year.


Our Partners

Award Partner: The Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. CAR, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels.

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Media Partner: Automobil Industrie

The »Automobil Industrie« media brand is the communication platform for management in the automobile business. The whole world of mobility is presented: Trends and highlights in production and developments in the markets. Tomorrow's vehicles and their related mobility concepts. »Automobil Industrie« is on the lookout for new technologies and examines the opportunities for new materials. It communicates your automobile business topics in the right context and to the right partners – quickly, easily, and effectively. With its exclusive reader base, »Automobil Industrie« ensures – true to name – that your message arrives where you want it to: in the automobile industry!

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