Lightning does strike twice, as the Ford 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine as used in the Ford Fiesta just bagged the International Engine Of The Year award, defending their title from 2012.

The panel of judges was comprised of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries. The adjudged the cars and engines based on driveability, performance, economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology. Ford is one of only three car makers to record back-to-back victories in the 15-year history of the awards.

The three cylinder, 999cc engine produces 120 PS (up to 125 PS in some variants) and 170 Nm thanks to advanced turbocharging, direct injection and clever engineering. Fuel economy, as Alan Mulally told us, is the number one consideration for purchasing a new car worldwide, and the 1.0L EcoBoost is Ford's innovative solution to meet the efficiency and power expected by customers.

The engine was developed in the UK, and as a testament to its success, the factory that assembles the 1.0L EcoBoost engines in Germany is working to double production to 1000 engines per day to meet demand.

Currently Ford Philippines only offers EcoBoost technology in the Explorer with a larger 2.0L engine. When the refreshed and upgraded Fiesta arrives, the 2-time International Engine Of The Year Award winning 1.0L EcoBoost engine will be offered in the Philippines and ASEAN.