Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost torque infographicFor the second year in a row, Ford has taken top honors in International Engine of the Year voting. As was the case last year, it is Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that earns the automaker the accolade, achieving the highest-ever accumulated score in the 15 years that the award has been handed out.

A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries are responsible for choosing the world's best engines, and this is only the third time an automaker has managed back-to-back victories. Voters were impressed by the "Baby EcoBoost" engine's power output – 123 horsepower between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm, 148 pound-feet of torque from 1,400 to 4,000 rpm – and its compact size; Ford has demonstrated that the package is small enough to fit in the overhead bin of a passenger airplane.

Currently, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is offered in the European Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, and Ford plans to put the engine in the Transit Connect, Transit Courier, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Mondeo and EcoSport in short order. In North America, the Fiesta will be the first vehicle to offer the 1.0L EcoBoost later this year.

Perhaps it's not surprising to hear that Ford is increasing production of the little engine that could at its factory in Cologne, Germany to meet demand. Feel free to click on the above right infographic to enlarge, and scroll down for the complete press release from Ford.

UPDATE: Other category winners listed below.
New Engine
Ford three-cylinder turbo (Focus)

Green Engine
General Motors 1.4-liter range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera)

Performance Engine
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia)

Sub 1.0-Liter
Ford three-cylinder turbo (Focus)

1.0-Liter to 1.4-Liter
Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (Polo, Beetle, Golf, etc.)

1.4-Liter to 1.8-Liter
BMW-PSA 1.6-liter turbo gasoline (Mini Cooper S, Peugeot 207, etc.)

1.8-Liter to 2.0-Liter
BMW 2.0-liter twin-turbo four gasoline (125i, 320i, Z4 20i, etc.)

2.0-Liter to 2.5-Liter
Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo (TT RS, RS3 Sportback)

2.5-Liter to 3.0-Liter
BMW 3.0-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder (1 Series M Coupe, 335is, Z4 35is)

3.0-Liter to 4.0-Liter
BMW M 4.0-liter V8 (BMW M3)

Above 4.0-Liter
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia)

Show full PR text
Ford Wins International Engine of the Year for Second Year; Announces Increase in 1.0-Litre EcoBoost Production

Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine wins "International Engine of the Year" for the second consecutive year
Turbo-charged, direct-injection three-cylinder engine achieves highest score in the 15-year history of the awards
Ford to double production of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost at its Cologne (Germany) Engine Plant from mid-August to meet demand


In Europe, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is available in Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX; it also will be offered in the Transit Connect, Transit Courier, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Mondeo and EcoSport

The engine is being launched across the world – in India and China recently starting with the Ford EcoSport and later this year in North America in the Ford Fiesta

STUTTGART, Germany, June 5, 2013 – Ford Motor Company's ultra-fuel efficient and spirited 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine today was named 2013 International Engine of the Year, marking the second straight year Ford's acclaimed three-cylinder engine has captured the award.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost – which combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to lower fuel consumption without sacrificing power – received the highest score in the history of the awards. The engine also won the "Best Engine Under 1.0-litre" category at the annual awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine.

Ford also confirmed plans to double production of the engine at its Cologne (Germany) Engine Plant to more than 1,000 engines a day from mid-August to meet demand.

"With a technology as mature as the internal combustion engine, it's very rare to achieve a true breakthrough, but that is exactly what the team accomplished with this engine," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president, Global Powertrain. "You have to drive it to believe a small three-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy."

A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries around the world judged the awards on drivability, performance, economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology. Ford is one of three car makers to record back-to-back victories in the 15-year history of the awards. The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost also has won the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation at German magazine Auto Motor und Sport Best Cars Awards and the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the U.S.

"Who'd have believed it? A 1.0-litre engine that has it all, powerful, fuel efficient, clean and lightweight," said Peter Lyon, U.K. juror and freelance journalist. "This is a masterpiece."

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost was designed at Ford's research and development centres in Aachen and Merkenich, Germany, and Dunton, U.K., and is built in Cologne and Craiova, Romania.

Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 15th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International Magazine, said: "Baby EcoBoost – Ford's first-ever three-cylinder design – is still the engine to beat across the board. It's economical in real-world conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power larger vehicles like the Grand C-MAX with ease."

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is currently offered in small cars such as Fiesta and B-MAX and compact offerings including Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. In the near future it will power larger cars including the new Ford Mondeo. It also will be offered in Transit Connect and Transit Courier commercial vehicles and Tourneo Connect and Tourneo Courier people movers.

The engine is being rolled out throughout the world. It is now available for customers buying the new EcoSport in India and China and later this year will be offered with Fiesta in North America.

Small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment of an airplane, the engine delivers best in class petrol fuel economy for Europe in such vehicles as Fiesta, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.

Ford's Cologne Engine Plant was upgraded to facilitate 1.0-litre EcoBoost production and introduced advanced manufacturing techniques that reduce the volume of coolant required when machining aluminium engine parts to just five millilitres per component from two litres previously, contributing to a reduced environmental footprint from manufacturing.

New "cold testing" technology was also introduced, allowing engines to be tested without being started – reducing fuel usage and CO2 emissions from the process by 66 per cent. All remaining energy required to run the plant comes from renewable sources, including three hydro-power plants in Norway and Sweden.

Ford of Europe plans to triple annual production of vehicles equipped with fuel-efficient EcoBoost petrol engines to approximately 480,000 by 2015, from 141,000 in 2011. The company projects that more than 300,000 of those vehicles will be equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost. In the first quarter of 2013 in Europe, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine accounted for 42 per cent of orders in B-MAX, 30 per cent in Focus and 24 per cent in Fiesta across Ford's 19 traditional European markets.

# # #

*All fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures in g/km are from officially approved tests in accordance with EC Directive 93/116/EC. Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the European Fuel Economy Directive EU 80/1268/EEC and will differ from fuel economy drive cycle results in other regions of the world.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 174 Comments
      SethG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool. But one question: So the 1.0 Ecoboost is tiny. Ford stuffed it in an overhead bin on an airplane. But why the focus on size if they're just going to put it in the same vehicles as their other, larger engines? Why not develop some innovative vehicle packaging that takes advantage of your diminutive engine?
        CWT092079
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SethG
        Exactly... if it's that's small, give me two of them in one car! hehe
        Jo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SethG
        It would definitely be cool to see what people could come up with in terms of where the engine goes or reshaping of the vehicle around the small mill. In terms of fuel economy, every car benefits from reduced weight. So if you can deal with reduced power this is a great option for any of their small cars.
        56Jalopy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SethG
        Actually it was only the short block they carried on as luggage. The old Saab 2 stroke 3cylinder complete engine would have probably fit, it only had 7 moving parts.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SethG
        Because we already have the Focus and Fiesta platforms. Wait until the next redesign.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          Even then, unless it's the only engine option; they can't really design the car around it. They'd have to design the car around the largest engine that they'll use.
          SethG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          Cayman has kind of picked up on my point. Which is as long as they're making their small cars to accommodate larger engines, the size of the 1.0L becomes less of a benefit.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          @SethG-- But really how much room are you going to save by designing a car around this smaller engine? How much of what\'s under your hood is really engine as opposed to all the other mechanics/fluids/electrics that your car requires. This may be a small engine, but really how much smaller does it physically take than a typical 1.8L engine; maybe a gallon or two?
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 948cc from 1957 is about 35bhp, 125bhp from the same size is pretty impressive. Maybe I can put one in my antique, make it a sleeper.
      CWT092079
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm really interested to see what the US spec Fiesta will get. I've heard it will be 33-35 in the city and 45 on the highway. It would be awesome if it could hit 40 combined.
        Farmboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CWT092079
        With its updated looks and that rumored 40 combined (I've heard that, too), it'll be a home run for Ford.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CWT092079
        It the numbers are true I can tell you one thing - forget it. It would be another scam like with C-max and Fusion hybrids. 1.0 EB engine is available in Europe for about a year now and we know that Ford's mpg claims have nothing to do with the truth, fuel consumption is about the same as in old n/a 1.6 engine it replaces. The only gain is decent torque at lower revs. PS. It's alvo very problematic, first owners have man problems with this engine and Ford doesn't seem to be ready to handle them.
      joeboarder108
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the highest score ever accumulated score" ...nice
        Army Casualty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joeboarder108
        They meant to put the second score in parentheses. ;) "...the highest score ever accumulated (Score!)..."
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow Ford is kicking butt!!
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sounds like a very promising little engine for Ford. I can't wait to try one in the real world.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing makes 460 lb/ft @ 1400? Holy cow AB, proofreading is your friend! Also the package doesn't fit in an overhead bin, the BLOCK fits. Again, proofreading is your friend. 123HP @ 1400RPM = 460lb/ft
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Could it be that the equation doesn't work as well when the engine is turbo charged? Torque is apparently flat at 148 lb-ft from 1400 rpm to 4000 rpm so maybe the numbers are weird because of that?
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        HP and Torque are seperate things! Your calculation 123hp@1400rpm = 460 ftlbs of torques is nonsense! You can have very low hp motors with boat loads of torque and inversly very high hp motors with low torque.
          MrH42
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          I pray this is some sort of joke, but sadly, I don't think it is.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          No, horsepower is a product of RPM and Torque. HP = RPM * T / 5252 So Torque = HP *5252/RPM. So plugging in 123 and 1400, you get 461.43 ft lbs. They are separate things (torque and HP) but if you no the torque and you know the RPM, then you know the HP. .
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          Thanks you Cayman. There should be a test for getting on these forums. Understanding torque and spelling are my two requirements I will offer up.
      rem
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be a pretty awesome crate engine. Seems like with the small size, you could fit it into something as small as a Berkeley, but it has more than enough power to be a great upgrade for a Midget, Spitfire, etc...
      fly by wireless
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to see examples ecoboost engines of all 3 types in classic Model A's (hot rod or restomod) STAT!
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how much Ford paid for this award....I'm sure more than last year. This joke of an engine isn't powerful enough for a leaf blower or weed wacker. And if its like all the other failed Egoboost engines, it will drink fuel like a much larger engine.
        Brewman15
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        The engine is actually pretty impressive. My 19 year old Honda makes 145 hp and 147 ft-lbs of torque out of a 2.2L. So, this little engine makes 17 less horsepower but 1 more ft-lb of torque out of less than half the displacement and one less cylinder while getting better fuel economy, and the power is available much, much lower in the rev band than on my car where most drivers typically spend their time. By the way, where do you buy your yard power tools?
        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Awww, he's jealous. That's...cute.
          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr.Krinkle
          I am? I'd love to hear one example... Please prove how it will be a "boat anchor" after 75k miles. I'll be patiently waiting while you come up with nothing to substantiate your idiotic claim. More Ford bashing from AB's resident moron.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr.Krinkle
          Haha, wrong again. You must like being wrong because you are...all the time. Let Ford pay for their award on their lawn mower engine. The adults know its a joke and will be even more of a boat anchor in about 75k miles.
          j0nny5
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr.Krinkle
          The adults? Enlighten us, Mr. Guy. How old are you? You sound like you're either 17 or 70.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Trolls will troll....
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        I must be tired, because I read that as: "I'm jealous that a company is coming up with new technology that others want to use. I need to overcompensate with a some sort of anemic V8."
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          Anemic? Yeah, only Ford would make a 351 cubic inch V8 with 240 hp. But I love the vehicle and no POS, over complicated, gas guzzling, high strung hummingbird engine would do what my 351 can.
          The_Zachalope
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          Wait... you're saying the 351W isn't overcomplicated? After owning an F-150 with the 351W, simple tune ups turned into a full day venture in engineering. And that engine is pure example of anemic, when the 302 was only 5hp less with better fuel economy.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        [blocked]
        j0nny5
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        So, *you're* the guy that uses a sledgehammer on a penny nail. Good to know that every single application needs to use the same exact tool.
      Armand
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only a matter of time before it is recalled for possible engine fire. :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        ghetto2315
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because they belong in blenders and other appliances
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        Precisely because of the terminology you used. An electric motor is not an engine. Engines convert thermal energy into mechanical energy. Motors convert energy directly into motion. This is an award for engines.
    • Load More Comments