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The results of the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards have today been announced at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury, consisting of some of the world’s most respected and popular motoring journalists, voted Ford’s excellent 999cc three-cylinder turbo engine, which is put to good effect in the Ford Focus, as the overall winner of the International Engine of the Year Award.

The Ford engine has wrestled the award from last year’s similarly sub-1-liter winner, Fiat’s two cylinder ‘Twin Air’ unit. It is clear the judges continue to be impressed by some of the industry’s smallest engines, and 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.”

The Ford engine managed to scoop the prestigious overall International Engine of the Year title as well as being the victorious engine in both the ‘Best New Engine’ and the ‘Sub 1-liter’ categories”.

However, despite the Ford engine's excellent ‘green’ credentials, it was GM’s ‘Range Extender’, the 1.4-liter internal combustion engine that sits within the 2012 ‘European Car of the Year’, the Chevrolet Volt.

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”.

In the last of the non-capacity specific classes, Ferrari once again reigned victorious with its 570bhp, 4.5-litre V8 engine as featured in the 458 Italia. With its awesome performance and divine soundtrack, the engine scooped both ‘Best Performance Engine’ and ‘Above 4-litre’ category trophies for the second successive year.

As far as the remaining capacity award categories were concerned, German engineering was completely dominant. BMW bagged four category wins, including the ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ category for its 4-litre V8 found in the M3; the ‘2.5-litre to 3-litre’ category for its 3-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder gasoline engine, hound in the 1 Series M coupe, 335is and Z4 35is; the ‘1.8-litre to 2-litre’ category for its 2-litre twin turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine found across its range; and in the ‘1.4-litre to 1.8-litre’ category for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën, who were the co-recipient of the same Award.

Not to be outdone, the VW/Audi group didn’t leave the Awards ceremony empty-handed. Audi scooped the 2-liter to 2.5-liter category for its 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine found in the Audi TT RS and RS3 Sportback, while Volkswagen’s much-admired 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine, once again defended its crown in the ‘1-litre to 1.4-litre’ category.

The 14th International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany on 13th June. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 12 Awards given to those manufacturers that have been judged to have achieved excellence in powertrain engineering.

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13 June 2012


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