Ford EcoBoost Wins International
(Wednesday 13 June 2012)
The one-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol turbo engine recently introduced by Ford to the Focus range has been named 2012 International Engine of the Year at a ceremony in Stuttgart. It's the second very small unit to be given the overall award in two years, the 2011 winner having been Fiat's even tinier 875cc two-cylinder TwinAir.
"This was a dominant win by the Ford engine," said Award co-chairman Dean Slavnich, "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 marketplace.
"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 EcoBoost was also named Best New Engine, as well as winning the up to one litre category. The Performance and over four litres awards went to the 570bhp 4.5-litre Ferrari V8 fitted to the 458 Italia, while the Green trophy goes to GM for the 1.4-litre range extender petrol engine used in the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera - a perhaps ironic achievement since at heart it's the same thing that could be found under the bonnets of Novas and Astras more than thirty years ago.
The awards listings are almost completely dominated by German brands, though PSA Peugeot Citroen was hailed for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo which was in fact co-developed with BMW. The Bavarians scooped three other categories, and there were also honours (yet again) for the Volkswagen 1.4 TSI turbo/supercharged engine and for the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo used in the Audi TT RS and RS 3 Sportback.