2007 awards The year's flown as fast as a Reliant Robin with the wind behind it on the Tsing Ma Bridge, but it also brought out the best and worst of local motoring. Here are our awards for 2007. Car of the year: The Audi R8, even if the dealer said all stocks were sold. Surprise of the year: Seeing the 450-brake horsepowered, 4.7-litre Competizione 8C at Auto Sportiva's launch of the 2,198cc, 185bhp Spider. We hear the dealers are still clearing away the drool. Marque of the year: Ferrari bookended the year with the Fiorano 599 and Scuderia and Maserati brought out the impressive GranTurismo and Quattroporte with a six-speed automatic box. But Volvo wins for producing the excellent C70 and C30. Engine of the year: Volkswagen's downsized 1.4-litre TSI. Fitted with fuel injection, a supercharger and turbo charger the Golf bangs 168bhp and 240Nm of torque at 1,750 revs, hits 100km/h in 7.7 seconds, and drinks 9.6 litres of gas per 100km in town for the fug of just 175g of CO2 per km. Welcome to the future. Gearbox of the year: Audi's DSG is good, but the 7G-Tronic is still the smoothest until we try the Maserati Quatroporte's ZF. Hybrid of the year: The Lexus LS600hL brought hybrid luxury to bosses, and reminded us that the then-recently launched LS460L petrol version was easier to drive, as luxurious, and could be cheaper to run. So Toyota Prius wins again. Thanks for nothing award for most misunderstood car: Toyota dealers Crown Motors in September introduced the 10th Corolla, but replaced the global 1.8-litre version with the smaller 1.5-litre version for Hong Kong. When we said the model was 'asthmatic' and could drive Toyota fans to larger-engined vehicles, the dealer sent us a bowl of fruit and a note that said the test car had received 'overwhelmingly positive coverage'. Classic of the year award: Clement Chen Cheng-jen's pristine 1975 BMW 3.0 CSI is the best time warp on wheels since the Ford Capri in Life on Mars. Drivers of the year: Hong Kong-based Germans Ralf Weiss and Kurt Schneiders of 'The Beastie', a 1918 Simplex American La France, former fire truck from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which endured the smoggy trauma of the Hong Kong to Beijing Rally and then won a cup on the Beijing to Paris classic car run. Car club of the year: The Collectors Car Club of Hong Kong, for anchoring Motor Show Hong Kong with 15 beautiful classics. The two-year-old club also showed the Hong Kong car community that the West Kowloon waterfront would make a fine site for a concours. Bike club of the year: The Mad Dogs, for drawing 38 of its and other clubs' riders to its Toy Run and mini-bike auction for Operation Santa Claus. Event of the year: The Classic Car Club's October show was one of the most exciting for years, thanks to the display of several new cars, from Lo Kai-leung's 1948 Citroen Light 15 to several younger Japanese classics, including a 1978 Honda Civic. November's Motorcycle Show was yet another success. Now it must become a tourist attraction. Cavalcade of the year: The Ferrari 60th anniversary celebrations were more select. In February the marque's bosses stopped off in China's Capital of Cars to lead a cavalcade of 29 select local Ferraris from Clear Water Bay to Repulse Bay via the Tsing Ma Bridge. Charity fugathon of the year: In July, the Hong Kong Automobile Association organised a Lamborghini-led 129-car round-the-island charity run for the Po Leung Kuk. The kuk benefited from a 125-Ferrari fugathon in 2004. Time for a hybrid run perhaps. Worst event of the year: Last month's Motor Show Hong Kong 2007 attracted only seven new cars out of the 40-odd that are represented in Hong Kong, but it still couldn't edge the China Classic Car Rally Hong Kong-Beijing in March. Only nine classics started, two days late, and we hear reports of the drive's participants paying more than they expected. Most photographed Hong Kong motoring personality of the year: HKAA president Wesley Wan Wai-hei, for being pictured 11 times in one issue of the body's Driven magazine. Green tape award: The EPD on April Fools' Day introduced a scheme that awards tax incentives to a 3.2-litre Volkswagen Phaeton V6 belching 293 grams of CO2 per kilometre, but not to the petrol-driven, 698cc Smart ForTwo (127gpk) or the Peugeot 107 (109gpk). Explanation of the year: The EPD for saying in April: 'The Smart ForTwo is in the 703kg-828kg weight class and can't comply with both hydrocarbon emission and fuel efficiency requirements. The Peugeot 107 is in the 828kg-1,016kg weight class and can't comply with fuel efficiency requirement. The Phaeton 3.2-litre V6 is in the 2,266kg or more weight class and can fully comply with both the emission and fuel efficiency requirements. The Phaeton is an environment-friendly private car under our incentive scheme, but not the other two.' Now we know. Happy New Year.