GKN has been named as a finalist in the Automotive News 2015 PACE Awards for two new fuel savings technologies.

A panel of independent industry judges have shortlisted the company’s two-speed eAxle for hybrid and electric vehicles as well as a soon to launch all-wheel drive disconnect system for small cars.

GKN explained that by giving electric motors additional gear ratios, the company’s two-speed eAxle enables higher running speeds, exciting acceleration and improved electric range. The technology also enables associated systems such as the motor to be downsized.

GKN added its All-Wheel Drive Disconnect system for small cars disconnects the rear rotating masses during steady state cruising, enabling small cars to benefit from all-wheel drive dynamics and stability while optimizing fuel efficiency. This disconnect system enters production in Q3 of 2014; a video illustrating the system in action can be viewed here.

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“These awards recognize how GKN innovations are helping make a new generation of hybrid and small all-wheel drive vehicles better to drive and more efficient,” said GKN Driveline’s Senior Vice President for Engineering, Rob Rickell. “PACE Awards highlight the role that suppliers play in the auto industry’s evolution and the major technological trends. GKN has developed a new generation of intelligent driveline systems that will make hybrids and small cars more capable and efficient.”

Winners of the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards will be announced in April 2015.