Ford's latest baby engineering feat, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, has won the 2012 ‘International Engine of the Year' award at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. This is the first time that Ford has won the award ever since the awards started 13 years ago.
The final votes were cast by 76 automobile journalists from 35 countries across the world. Ford’s engine achieved the highest score ever with 401 points, beating last year's winner, the Fiat 0.9-liter TwinAir. The tiny turbocharged unit, which is small enough to fit onto an A4-sized paper, also bagged the “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” awards.
Dean Slavnich, chairman of the International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International magazine, commented,” this is a fitting victory for a truly remarkable engine.
For a three-cylinder to power a vehicle like the Ford Focus with such ease proves that the future is very, very bright for the internal combustion engine. Power, response and very good real-world fuel consumption figures are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this engine and what it offers drivers today. Well done, Ford!"
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine debuted this year on the Ford Focus in Europe and will be offered next in the Ford C-MAX and B-MAX. The engine will also be made available in the EcoSport which will be launched in India. The 1.0L Focus is currently available only with a manual transmission although Ford is said to be developing an automatic version. I will be waiting.
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