New Scientist magazine has been named the best of 2017 for its “feminine luxury cars”.
The magazine’s award goes to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A3.
“It’s not just about the cars, but about the brands that create it,” said editor and CEO of New Scientist, Susanne Loeffler.
“These companies are using a very simple message, which is that we can do whatever we want, whenever we want.”
The magazine says its new prize is a nod to the power of “femmes” in cars, and it also aims to show that “the feminine is always welcome”.
“The aim of the award is to encourage people to take pride in themselves and to celebrate their femininity, regardless of the status of their bodies,” said Loeaffler.
The awards were announced at the end of September.
The magazine has more than 200 staff members and has been running the awards since its inception in 2005.
“I have been overwhelmed by the positive responses to our first awards, which have given me a lot of confidence to continue this journey,” said writer-editor, Lizzie MacMillan.
“The idea of a ‘feminine car’ and the idea of this awards show as a way to celebrate this idea is really exciting.
I have so many plans for this year’s awards, and I hope to share them with you very soon.”
The Mercedes-Benzes E-class won the award for the third year running.
The E- class is a “world’s first femme car” with the first femmes in the US and the UK.
It was launched in 2006 and was initially only sold in Europe.
The BMW 3 series is the latest femme-based car to make the list, and was launched a few months ago in the UK and Germany.
In its inaugural edition, the magazine described its “fems” cars as “a luxury alternative to conventional sedans”.
The E series is powered by an electric motor and has a top speed of 155km/h (100mph).
The 3 series and A3 also feature an all-wheel drive system.
The Audi A2 is the first car in the Mercedes family to feature a female driver.
“There is a lot more to femme cars than cars and the BMW, Audi and Mercedes-benzes are some of the most beautiful cars in the world,” said MacMillian.
“We’ve had a lot positive feedback from readers, but we need to take into account that people are often unsure about what to expect.
We have to be sensitive to this, and to make sure the new cars are for everyone.”
“The best thing about femmes is that they are inclusive and they are fun to drive,” said former journalist Sarah Dyer.
“They are the cars that are more for people who want to have a more fun life than the cars themselves.”
The new awards show will feature a mix of automotive and entertainment categories.
The car awards will focus on cars, film, fashion, music and comedy.
It will be held on 26 September in London’s Canary Wharf.
The film and music awards will feature film, TV and music, and music festivals.
The magazines main focus this year is the new femme driver in the cars category.
“You can see from the list that it’s about the new technologies, so the technology of the car is going to be the most important thing,” said Dyer, who is currently working on a book about femme driving.
“This is a really exciting time in femme technology.
We are seeing the next generation of cars with transponders, which means we can see a new world of driverless cars, with cameras and lasers and other things.”
“There are so many exciting opportunities in femmes cars, which can open up a whole new world and hopefully open up our cars to a whole different audience,” she said.
“Some of these technologies could be used to make new kinds of cars that will look like femmes, but they could also be used for a new kind of car that will feel like a femme, and could be made for a whole range of different audiences.”
The awards show is open to women of all ages and backgrounds.
“A lot of the time, we feel like we’re being overlooked for a lot,” said author and activist Alice Walker.
“But we have the chance to be a part of this moment in history.
We can make a difference.”
The New York Times and New Scientist have also won the best in the category for their new awards, while the Financial Times and Newsweek have been nominated for best science magazine.
The New Scientist has a new gender and race editor in Lizzy MacMillion.
The organisation has a board of directors, and has raised nearly $300,000 in seed funding from investors including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and others.