international engine of the year –

A jury consisting of 76 journalists and industry experts coming from 36 countries gave Fiat’s 0.9-liter Twin Air the award for the “International Engine of the Year 2011”. In addition, the 875 cc engine also grabbed three other awards: “Best Sub 1.0-Liter Engine”, “Best Green Engine 2011” and “Best New Engine 2011”.

At the moment, the engine is available only in a turbocharged configuration, producing 85 hp. It powers Fiat’s 500 and 500C models, but we will soon see it under the hood of the Lancia Ypsilon. Fiat will also launch a naturally-aspirated version of this engine that will generate 65 hp, along with a high-performance turbocharged configuration, good for 105 hp. In addition, this 0.9-liter Twin Air engine will also spawn a more eco-friendly Turbo bi-fuel version that will output 90 hp.

The event was held on Wednesday in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Engine Expo. BMW also did pretty well, managing to win four awards for the following categories: “3-liter to 4-liter” (M3’s V8 4.0-liter); “2.5-liter to 3-liter” (3.0-liter DI Twin Turbo); “1.8-liter to 2.0-liter (2.0-liter Twin Turbo diesel, available in the X1 and the 123d models) and “1.4-liter to 1.8-liter” (Mini’s 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo, co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroen).

In the overall competition, the second place went to the 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger engine developed by the Volkswagen Group, an engine that won in the “1.0-liter to 1.4-liter” category. The “2.0-liter to 2.5-liter” category was won by Audi with its 5-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that powers the RS3 and the sexy TT RS.

The Italian automaker Ferrari triumphed in the “above 4.0-liter” category with its V8 4.5-liter engine that powers the beautiful 458 Italia model. In addition, this engine also won in the “Best Performance Engine” category, rounding up Fiat Group’s total number of wins to six, accounting half of all the awards that were given at the ceremony.

Source: Carscoop

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In the car industry, awards are pretty important, as they showcase the best vehicles or technologies developed by a company and, hopefully, help buying a car that much simpler.

Now, after seeing a plethora of competitions like the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year, the 2010 European Car of the Year and, most importantly, the 2010 World Car of the Year, another contest has named its winners.

The 2010 International Engine of the Year competition has named Volkswagen’s 1.4-liter TSI as the best engine of the year. The twincharged unit, which is used on everything from the Volkswagen Polo GTI to the Seat Ibiza Cupra or Volkswagen Tiguan, has also won the award in 2009. This year, as expected, it has also secured victory in the 1 to 1.4 liter category.

In 2010 though, Toyota’s new 1.8-liter engine, used with the hybrid synergy drive technology in cars like the Prius or the Auris hybrid, has earned the Green engine of the Year award, beating Volkswagen.

The best new engine of the year was handed to Fiat, with its new 1.4-liter MultiAir, which is used on the new Alfa Romeo MiTo and the Giulietta.

Starting from smallest to biggest, here are the rest of the winners.

The under 1 liter category was won by Toyota’s 1-liter engine, which sees action with the Aygo, iQ, Yaris but also the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1.

The 1.4 to 1.8-liter category was won by the fabulous 1.6-liter turbocharged unit, developed by BMW with Peugeot Citroen, which is used by the Mini Cooper S, as well as the Peugeot 207 or 308.

The 1.8 to 2.0-liter category was won by BMW itself, thanks to the twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel, which sees service in cars like the 123d or the X1 xDrive23d.

The 2 to 2.5-liter category saw the award go to Audi and its turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, which can be see under the bonnet of the TT RS.

The 2.5 to 3.0-liter award went to BMW’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine, currently found in any model with the 35i name, from the 1 Series to the X6.

The 3.0 to 4-liter category also went to BMW, this time for the stunning 4.0-liter engine that powers the M3.

The above 4.0-liter category and, at the same time, the best performance engine was Mercedes-Benz’s massive 6.2-liter AMG unit, currently serving the best of the best of what MB can offer.


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