Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost is proving to be The Little Engine That Could, and it continues to acquit itself well, finding favor as one of the best powerplants in the world. To confirm it yet again, the tiny mill just won the International Engine of the Year award for the third year in a row, likewise also nabbing the title in the Sub 1.0-liter category.

Packing 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque with overboost (125 lb-ft normally), the tiny engine combines impressive power in a size small enough to be a carry-on item for a commercial flight. US buyers only got a taste of the award winner in the 2014 Fiesta, while the 1.0 EcoBoost has been available throughout the Ford lineup in Europe for a few years now. American sales have reportedly been strong, however, and next up in the US, the mill will find its way into the 2015 Focus.

The panel of 82 jury members from 34 countries also named the Mercedes-AMG 2.0-liter turbo found in the A45, CLA45 and GLA45 AMG models with 355 hp and 332 lb-ft as the best New Engine for 2014. The electric powertrain from Tesla won Green Engine prize, and the 4.5-liter V8 from the Ferrari 458 Italia took home the honor of top Performance Engine yet again. You can check out all the winners below, and scroll down further to read Ford's celebratory announcement of its award.
  • International Engine of the Year - Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo
  • Green Engine - Tesla full-electric powertrain
  • New Engine - Mercedes-AMG 2.0-liter turbo
  • Performance Engine - Ferrari 4.5-liter eight-cylinder
  • Sub 1.0-liter - Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo
  • 1.0-liter to 1.4-liter - Volkswagen Group 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI Twincharger
  • 1.4-liter to 1.8-liter - BMW-PSA Peugeot Citroën 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol
  • 1.8-liter to 2.0-liter - Mercedes-AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo
  • 2.0-liter to 2.5-liter - Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo
  • 2.5-liter to 3-liter - BMW 3.0-liter twin-power turbo six-cylinder gasoline
  • 3.0-liter to 4-liter - McLaren 3.8-liter eight-cylinder
  • Above 4.0-liter - Ferrari 4.5-liter eight-cylinder
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FORD 1.0-LITER ECOBOOST ENGINE WINS UNPRECEDENTED THIRD CONSECUTIVE INTERNATIONAL ENGINE OF THE YEAR HONORS

Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine named 2014 International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third consecutive year

Fuel-efficient and powerful 1.0-liter EcoBoost – available in Ford Fiesta and upcoming 2015 Focus – also named Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for third year in a row

Judges call 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine "one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering" as it finishes ahead of entries from premium and supercar brands


Ford Motor Company's 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, which lowers fuel consumption without sacrificing power, was today named 2014 International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third straight year.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost – available for Ford Fiesta and slated as a power offering for the 2015 Focus as well – fought off competition from premium brands and supercar contenders to win the award for its driveability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.

A panel of 82 automotive journalists from 35 countries also named the engine Best Engine Under 1.0-Liter for the third year in a row at Engine Expo 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.

"To deliver the complete package of eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance and real refinement, we knew this little 1.0-liter engine would have to be a game changer," said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Ford Powertrain Engineering. "Through our One Ford approach to development, EcoBoost continues to set the benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a gasoline engine."

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years – including Best New Engine in 2012 – the 1.0-liter EcoBoost also was awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics in the United States. Ford is the first automaker to win a Ward's 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.

"This year's competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-liter EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency," said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman, 16th International Engine of the Year awards and editor, Engine Technology International magazine. "The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering."

Global power

Ford vehicles equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine are now available in 72 countries worldwide. Later this year, U.S. customers will be able to buy the new Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost. The Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost is in dealerships now.

More than 200 engineers and designers from Ford research and development centers in Aachen and Merkenich in Germany, and Dagenham and Dunton in the United Kingdom spent 5 million-plus hours developing the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

The engine's compact, low-inertia turbocharger spins at up to 248,000 rpm – more than 4,000 times per second and almost twice the maximum rpm of the turbochargers powering 2014 Formula 1 race car engines.

With an engine block small enough to fit in the overhead luggage compartment of an airplane, the 1.0-liter features a cylinder head with an integrated and cooled exhaust manifold that lowers exhaust temperatures for optimizing the fuel-to-air ratio. An innovative flywheel and front pulley design delivers improved refinement compared with traditional three-cylinder engine designs.

Engine friction is reduced by specially coated pistons, low-tension piston rings, low-friction crank seals and a cam-belt-in-oil design. A variable-displacement oil pump tailors lubrication to demand and optimizes oil pressure for improved fuel efficiency.

"The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was created as a radical, smaller-displacement engine to meet the biggest automotive challenge in the world – no-compromise refinement, performance and great fuel economy," said Andrew Fraser, manager, Gasoline Calibration, Ford of Europe. "The secret to EcoBoost success is a range of innovative technologies that deliver big-car benefits from a small engine."


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      Quen47
      • 6 Months Ago
      Now if Ford could be so kind as to offer the 1.0 on Titanium versions of the Fiesta, that'd be great
        Bill
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Quen47
        This is partly being addressed. There is a Sport Package 202A that adds nicer wheels in place of the plastic covers, Body kit, interior trim changes, and fog lights. Its not on the Ford website but it is showing up on dealer sites and Fiesta forums. I have seen interior pics showing the MFT and Nav. One of the big turnoffs to me was the plain looks and cheap wheel covers. Nice to see Ford is adjusting quickly, and for such a relatively niche product.
        Bill
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Quen47
        This is partly being addressed. There is a Sport Package 202A that adds nicer wheels in place of the plastic covers, Body kit, interior trim changes, and fog lights. Its not on the Ford website but it is showing up on dealer sites and Fiesta forums. I have seen interior pics showing the MFT and Nav. One of the big turnoffs to me was the plain looks and cheap wheel covers. Nice to see Ford is adjusting quickly, and for such a relatively niche product.
      Mike
      • 6 Months Ago
      Too bad Ford/Mazda divorced. This engine would have been a perfect fit in the Mazda 2
        Ajr Ajr
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Mike
        the engine uses a lot of Mazda tech from the previous relationship. And Ford's 2.0-2.3 ecoboost is practically a copy of Mazda's MZRDISI
        Armand
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Mike
        Mazda's SkyActiv will do just fine... probably even better.
          futurecars
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Armand
          I do not think so, skyactiv is great but have its limitation, the 2 lietr can muster 40 MPG highway, and the 2.5 the same, but the 1.5 has not being so impressive or have any advantage over other manufacture, chech Europe where it is available, the ford eco boost and the nissan/renault 1.2 DIG-T , PSA citroen 1.2 turbo has more power and better real world efficiency.
          normc32
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Armand
          Skyactiv gas engines are stuck in the sub-40 mpg .
      mitytitywhitey
      • 6 Months Ago
      So much for "smaller displacement turbos like Ecobust dont work. "
      Brodz
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well done Ford.
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Kudos Ford.
      MayTheBestCarWin05
      • 6 Months Ago
      Doing work!
      satish
      • 4 Months Ago

      I purchased  a Ford Ecosport (with Ecoboost engine) from a Ford showroom in India- New Delhi on Jan 23rd 2014. 
      Though I find this an excellent vehicle, I have some concerns with the information display panel i.e. display of outside ambient temperature, which at times keeps on rising. In the beginning when I start my car the display shows the actual outside temp i.e. say 38 or 39 Degree Celsius. However it keeps on rising slowly as you keep on driving and even goes upto 50-55 degree Celsius within drive of 5-6 Km on a sunny afternoon these days. 

      None of the New Delhi service stations have been able to offer a decent explanation.

      How can I believe that the ambient temp is 50-55 when it's actually 38-39. So I feel that somehow the sensor is not reflecting the ambient temp but getting a mixed reading from the engine heat and outside atmosphere. Also if I switch off the AC, the temp starts coming down to actual outside temp 38-39.That to me implies that it has got to do something with the AC loading the engine and the sensor picking up the engine temp in addition to the outside ambient temp. There have been a few incidences in New Delhi of some car engines catching fire so I'm a little concerned and would request an engineer's expertise on this matter.

      I would like to know what is the recommended safe zone that the temperature can rise to without any concerns? 
      The explanation for the ambient temp sensor showing me higher temp than of the outside atmosphere?
      Does this temp rise reflect any issues with my engine?
      Precautions I need to take if any in regards to this problem, if indeed it's a problem?

      I'm a technical professional and hence look forward to a satisfying reply from an engineer.           
      Satish Chander
      E-mail: satishsardana@yahoo.co.in

      Anders Barfod
      • 3 Months Ago

      It will sure be interesting to see what engine can knock off that triple winner from the podium.. 

      Toyota is coming with new version of their 1L 3 cylinder and 1.33 4 cylinder engine.. These engines changes from an Atkinson cycle to a Otto cycle depending on the power needed,, 

      normc32
      • 6 Months Ago
      Turbo. Turbo. Turbo! Japanese engine suckage!
        Ajr Ajr
        • 6 Months Ago
        @normc32
        the Japanese already had there turbo craze in the late eighties-nineties and have moved on.
          Revis Goodworth
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ajr Ajr
          Awwww.... japfanboi has his nose out of joint. Even a Honduh hybrid can't hit 50 mpgs like the real world driver above has already gotten in his 1.0 Fiesta. Perhaps the japs should go back to their turbos
          futurecars
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Ajr Ajr
          @revis Goodworth I will agree that there is no honda or toyota turbo yet but will hit the market soon, but there are alot of nissan turbo engines but only for europe, australia and china, the 2014 nissan qashqai with the 1.2 DIG-T hits over 50 MPG highway in real world and average 46 MPG in the real world driving. The juke is power by the same 1.2 turbo and the 1.6 turbo. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140305-juke.html http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/nissan/qashqai-2014/12-dig-t
      ffelix422
      • 6 Months Ago
      The winners should be chosen after the engines have been on the market for at least a year.
      Bandit5317
      • 6 Months Ago
      The LT1 or the LT4 should have won the above 4 liter category. Cylinder deactivation, direct injection, variable valve timing, and rev-matching all in a (relatively) inexpensive, lightweight, compact, 460 hp engine which gets 30 mpg highway.
        Omologato
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bandit5317
        The LT1 is 40% larger and produces 25% less power. All the engines on the list have a good power-to-displacement ratio.
          foamypirate
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Omologato
          rcavaretti, If we want to compare like we would electronics, then the LT1 would be an all star. It's a physically smaller package, just as efficient as larger, more complicated devices, just as powerful, and cheaper to manufacture. Seems like that would be a win, win, win, win in the electronics industry, right?
          Bandit5317
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Omologato
          I don't have any information on the Ferrari's physical size or weight, but I guarantee that the LT1 is physically smaller. That's the major benefit, along with cost, of cam-in-block. Displacement is irrelevent. The LT4 is almost exactly the same size as the LT1, thanks to a very compact supercharger. It makes 650 hp, more than the Ferrari.
          foamypirate
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Omologato
          Who cares about displacement? Whoopty doo, I have less displacement to make the same power, at the cost of complexity, size, and weight, with no improvement in fuel economy. Sounds like a winner to me!
          nitrostreet
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Omologato
          Power-to-displacement is an outdated measure of an engines efficiency because you can pump more fuel through any engine and make more HP. The Ferrari 4.5 V8 on this list is a perfect example, what does it get 17 mpg highway (13.8L/100)?
          rcavaretti
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Omologato
          The semiconductor industry uses similar metrics of comparisons when looking at performance and advancements. Why should the automobile industry be any different?
        Tariff The Imports
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bandit5317
        Wait what? The LT1 gets 30 mpg? I didn't know engines got mpg. I do know the lightweight Corvette with its LT1 and crazy OD gear can get close to 30 on the EPA, just never heard of an engine doing that. Pretty much same engine in the Silverado doesn't come close to 30 mpg. " the LT1 gets 30 mpg " lololololol.
          Bandit5317
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          Since there's no measurement of the efficiency of an engine outside of a vehicle, I chose the Corvette's numbers. A 3400 lb, aerodynamic vehicle is far closer to what most people own than a 5000 lb truck.
          tom.tommarello
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          @ CarNutMike Thanks! I did not know about Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (grams/kWh). I have always wondered if there was a universal measurement for fuel consumption to output. Wish we could have a chart on this.
      Lunch
      • 6 Months Ago
      Good for Ford. If GM did that, it would blow up.
        krivka@mac.com
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Lunch
        2013 Escape with 1.6 L Ecoboost.... recalled 9 times. 6 times for engine issues. Reference to GM is silly.
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