This is the second year in a row that the Engine of the Year jury has chosen a small-displacement mill for top honors, selecting the 0.9-liter TwinAir two-cylinder engine from Fiat in 2011. Of the emerging trend, Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says:
General Motors won the award for the Green category with its 1.4-liter range extender as seen in the Chevrolet Volt, but it was BMW earning the most accolades from the panel. The Bavarian automaker won in the 3.0-4.0-liter, the 2.5-3.0-liter, 1.8-2.0-liter and 1.4-1.8-liter categories, sharing the award in the smallest of those with partner PSA.
"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."
If your interests veer more to the performance side of the industry, you'll be interested to note that Ferrari has taken the Best Performance Engine laurels for 2012 with its excellent 4.5-liter V8. The full list of winners can be seen in the press release below, and more background can be found on the official website here.
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13th June, 2012: 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 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 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, which proved to be victorious.
Graham Johnson, co-chairman of the Awards and Managing Director of UKIP Media & Events, the company that organises the Engine Expo and the Awards, commented, "Pure battery EVs have never been a real-world, viable alternative to the internal combustion engine due to their lack of range and poor cold-weather performance, but GM's range extender concept solves both issues and thus is a genuine blueprint for the future."
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, found 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, which was 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.
For further information on the Awards, and to see all the category nominees and winners, please visit: www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear
The category winners are:
Best New Engine 2012
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus (100ps, 125ps))
Best Green Engine 2012
GM 1.4-liter range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera (150ps))
Best Performance Engine 2012
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia, 458 Spider 570ps)
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia 570bhp)
3-liter to 4-liter
BMW 4-liter V8 (M3 Coupe, M3 Convertible 420ps)
2.5-liter to 3-liter
BMW 3-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder gasoline (1 Series M coupe, 335is, Z4 35is (340ps))
2-liter to 2.5-liter
Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo (Audi TT RS, RS3 Sportback (340ps))
1.8-liter to 2-liter
BMW 2-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol (125i (218ps), 320i (184ps), 328i (245ps), 520i (184ps), 528i (245ps), Z4 20i (184ps), Z4 sDrive 28i, (245ps), X1 20i, X3 20i (184ps), X1 28i (245ps))
1.4-liter to 1.8-liter
BMW-PSA 1.6-liter turbo petrol (Mini Cooper S, Clubman Cooper S, Countryman Cooper S, Coupe / Roadster Cooper S (184ps), Mini Cooper Works, Clubman Cooper Works, Coupe / Roadster Cooper Works (211ps), Peugeot 207, 207cc, 208, 308, 308cc, 3008, 508, 5008 (156ps), 308 GTI (200ps), RCZ (156ps, 200ps), Citroen DS3, C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso, C5, DS5 (156ps), DS5 (200ps), DS3 Racing (202ps), DS4 (163ps), DS4 Racing (200ps))
1-liter to 1.4-liter
Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (VW Polo (180ps), Beetle, Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan (160ps), Sharan (150ps), Touran / Cross Touran (140ps, 170ps), Passat CNG, Touran / Cross Touran CNG (150ps), Audi A1 (185ps), Audi A3 (180ps), Seat Ibiza FR, Alhambra (150ps), Cupra (180ps), Skoda Fabia RS (180ps))
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus (100ps, 125ps))