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Fiat's 875 cc Two-Cylinder Named International Engine of the Year
Fiat's TwinAir dominates awards as downsized, economical internal combustion engines more popular and ‘greener’ than hybrid and electrical powertrains
The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards have 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 Fiat’s innovative 875 cc two-cylinder TwinAir the greatest automotive engine available today. The tiny turbocharged engine impressed judges with its extremely low emissions, high fuel economy and impressive power of 85 hp. The unit can be found powering Fiat’s hugely fashionable ‘500’ model.
Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, said: “Fiat has now produced one of the all-time great engines. Who would have thought that a two-cylinder unit could have won the International Engine of the Year title when we launched the Awards in 1999? Its triumph is a clear signal that less is more: people want low-emission, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines, and just two cylinders certainly seems to provide a comprehensive solution!”
Indeed, the TwinAir engine not only managed to scoop the overall International Engine of the Year title, but it was also victorious in the Best New Engine, Best Sub 1-litre, and Best Green Engine categories, even beating zero-emission pure electric vehicle engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi in the latter category.
Joining Fiat in its success was partner Ferrari, the judges finding it hard not to be impressed by the Italian car maker's mighty new 570 hp, 4.5L V8 engine as featured in the 458 Italia. This wonderful and potent powerplant scooped both ‘Best Performance Engine’ and ‘Above 4.0L’ category trophies.
But it was not just the Italian manufacturers who tasted success: BMW is always dominant in the awards and this year was no exception. The German brand bagged four category wins, including the ‘3.0L to 4.0L’ category for its 4.0L V8 found in the M3; the ‘2.5L to 3.0L’ category for its 3.0L DI Twin Turbo fitted across much of its range; the ‘1.8L to 2.0L’ category for its 2.0L Twin Turbo diesel engine found in the 123d and X1; and the ‘1.4L to 1.8L’ category for its 1.6L four-cylinder turbo engine co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën, which also scooped the same award.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s 1.4L TSI Twincharger engine, which won the overall International Engine of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010, once again defended its crown in the ‘1.0L to 1.4L’ category.
The 13th International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany on 18 May. 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 more information on the awards, and to see all the category nominees and winners, visit www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear.