This year nothing spectacular was released. A lot of technic educational packages are released in stead. Besides that the series of Lego Technic Starwars was extended with a figure for R2-D2, Darth Vader, Jango Fett and Super Battle Droid.
From real Lego Technic 3 non complex starter sets are introduced. There was a Formula One set released '8461 Williams F1 Racer' but not in the Technic category although it contains a lot of Technic Lego.
This year however a few technic parts are released which will become the hit of the decades to come like the blue "Axle Pin with Friction Ridges" and other small elements which will support the design of smaller future Lego sets like the "Axle and Pin Connector Perpendicular 3L with 2 Pin Holes" and "Axle and Pin Connector Perpendicular Double Split". These parts will make it much easier to change building directions in small areas.
In line with the current strategy for Lego Technic, making models more realistic several new panel fairings were introduced.
Besides the small parts a new big rim was introduced for the bigger cars:
8010 Darth Vader
8011 Jango Fett
8012 Super Battle Droid
8429 Aero Hawk II
8431 Crane Truck
K8008 Darth Vader / Stormtrooper Kit