The 14th International Engine of the Year Awards, with a jury panel consisting of 76 of the world's most respected motoring journalist from 35 countries have already casted their votes for this year's International Engine of the Year consisting of 12 categories, the results of which have been announced at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany.
Ford was the overall winner of the International Engine of the Year Award for its 999cc three-cylinder turbo engine that can be found in the Ford Focus. The award seems to be following a trend of small and efficient engines as seen from last year's sub-1 liter Fiat “Twin Air” engine. Aside from the said award, the 999cc engine from Ford also won both the award for the “Best New Engine” and the “Sub 1-liter” categories.
General Motor’s 1.4-liter internal combustion “Range Extender” engine found inside the Chevrolet Volt wins the title for the Green Engine award.
Slavnich says of the GM “Range Extender” engine: “As the Volt and Opel Ampera are neither hybrid nor pure battery electric vehicles, this little GM engine is hard to define, but the way it performs within the application it has been given is undeniably impressive. This engine has been a game-changer as far as the practical application and acceptance of electric vehicles is concerned”.
With its 570bhp, 4.5-liter V8 engine, The Ferrari 458 Italia brings home awards for the “Best Performance Engine” and “Above 4-liter” category trophies for the second consecutive year.
BMW bagged the most awards for this year, winning in a total of four categories, the “3-liter to 4-liter” for its 4-liter engine found inside the M3; the “2.5-liter to 3-liter” for the engines inside the M1 coupe, 335is and Z4 35is; the “1.8-liter to 2-liter” for the the 2-liter twin turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine found across BMW's range of vehicles; and the “1.4-liter to 1.8-liter” for its 1.6-liter 4 cylinder turbo engines which is co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën, who were the co-recipient of the same Award.
The Volkswagen/Audi group also brought home a couple of awards for the “2-liter to 2.5-liter” category for Audi's TT RS and RS3 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine, Volkswagen's 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger engine defended its crown the “1-liter to 1.4-liter” category.
Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says: “This was a dominant win by the Ford engine and it is important to remember that the overall engine of the year award is not linked to engine capacity or any other criteria beyond the excellence of its engineering and the degree to which it delivers its capabilities in a vehicle and within the broader market place. That the small capacity engines continue to impress the most in overall terms, even against the larger, higher performance engines, says a great deal about how the automotive industry has developed in recent years.”