Newsweek Announces Second Annual ‘World’s Greatest Auto Disruptors’ Awardees

Newsweek has released its second annual list of the “World’s Greatest Auto Disruptors,” recognizing the executives and companies that pushed the boundaries of the auto industry this year. Newsweek’s “Auto Disruptors” are leading the industry in both practices and products, even as it is still experiencing the lingering effects of the pandemic. This year’s esteemed winners are being honored for moving full speed ahead on innovation, solving longstanding problems, incorporating cutting edge technology and for pushing the limits of propulsion. Their accomplishments are the result of over a decade of planning in technology, sustainability, and product innovation.

The “World’s Greatest Auto Disruptors” of 2023 are:

  • Visionary of the Year Award – Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of BMW AG
  • Executive of the Year Award – Akio Toyoda, Chairman of the Board of Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Designer of the Year Award – Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer, Hyundai Motor Group
  • R&D Team of the Year Award – BMW
  • Powertrain of the Year Award – Lucid Motors
  • Marketing of the Year Award – Genesis
  • Sustainability of the Year Award – Lamborghini
  • Technology of the Year Award – Ford Pro
  • Legacy of Disruption Award – Torsten Muller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce

“These auto disruptors are changing not just the way we drive but the way we live,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief, Newsweek. “Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars. Our honorees are making cars more sustainable, safer, more accessible, more comfortable and even more interactive.”

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