Small is bigger at International Engine of the Year Awards

The Volkswagen Golf with 1.4 TSi - The International Engine of the Year Award 2010.

The Volkswagen Golf with 1.4 TSi - The International Engine of the Year Award 2010.

The powerful Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI twincharger engine has scooped the top award at the International Engine of the Year Awards for the second consecutive year

The powerful yet diminutive engine, which won the overall awards title for the first time last year, boasts almost 180bhp despite its small capacity, thanks to the intelligent use of both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The engine is now a popular choice for customers across much of the VW model range, including the Golf, Passat, Scirocco, Eos and Tiguan ranges. It is also found in the Seat Ibiza Cupra derivative.

Dean Slavnich, editor Engine Technology International and co-chair of the 72-strong international judging panel of esteemed motoring journalists, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for VW to have won the award for a second consecutive year, and it demonstrates that engine downsizing is very much here to stay. We’ve seen more new engines launched into the market than ever before in the awards’ history, and the vast majority of them were below 1.8 litres. That VW’s clever 1.4-litre twincharger is still proclaimed by the judges as the best engine on sale in the world today demonstrates the class of this highly refined trend setter.”

Of the 66 new engines to come to market over the past year, it was Fiat’s 1.4-litre multi air turbo engine that impressed the judging panel the most, the unit being named New Engine of the Year 2010. This innovative Italian powerplant, which uses an extremely advanced valvetrain to boost performance and yet save fuel, is currently used to great effect in the Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta ranges.

Further downsized engines also tasted awards success, with Toyota finally receiving some positive news when its 1.8-litre electric-motor-boosted hybrid unit won the Green Engine of the Year award. The engine powers the Prius and Auris/Corolla models. Toyota also continued its dominance in the sub one-litre sector, its 999cc, three-cylinder engine once again taking class honours.

But it was not all about being small. At the other end of the engine capacity spectrum, Mercedes-AMG asserted its authority in the Best Performance Engine category, with its 6.2-litre V8 engine winning for a second time. This awesome engine also scooped the above 4-litre title.

The awards, which are judged by 72 motoring journalists from 35 countries (Padraic Deane represents Ireland ) from four continents, also rewarded a variety of other manufacturers for engine excellence across a number of different categories. BMW scooped four awards: one for the best 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre class with the Mini Cooper S 1.6-litre turbocharged engine; one for producing the best 1.8-litre to 2-litre engine with its 2-litre diesel twin-turbo unit; another for its 3-litre DI twin-turbo engine; and finally its mighty 4-litre V8 M engine secured the award for best 3-litre to 4-litre engine. Meanwhile Audi’s 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that powers the TT RS won the 2-2.5-litre category.

The 12th annual International Engine of the Year Awards ceremony took place at Engine Expo 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany, last week. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 11 awards given to those manufacturers judged to have achieved excellence in their powertrain engineering.

Above 4-litres - Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre

3-litre to 4-litre - BMW 4-litre V8

2.5-litre to 3-litre - BMW 3-litre DI twin-turbo

2-litre to 2.5-litre - Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo

1.8-litre to 2-litre - BMW Diesel 2-litre


1.4-litre to 1.8-litre - BMW-PSA 1.6-litre turbo

1-litre to 1.4-litre - Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI twincharger

Sub 1-litre - Toyota 1-litre three-cylinder

Performance Engine - Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre

New Engine - Fiat 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo

Green Engine - Toyota hybrid 1.8-litre gasoline

The International Engine of the Year Award 2010 - Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger



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