VW 1.4 TSI wins Engine of the Year

June 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Engine downsizing has been a key theme in this year’s International Engine of the Year awards: overall winner for 2010 (for the second year running)  is the Volkswagen 1.4 TSI Twincharger unit, a turbo- and supercharged engine delivering up to 180bhp despite its small capacity.

Best New Engine was awarded to the Fiat 1.4 MultiAir Turbo, as used in the Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta, and Best Green Engine the latest Toyota 1.8 hybrid–drive, as in the latest Prius and the Auris Hybrid. Toyota’s three-cylinder, 999cc engine (Aygo, Yaris) also won the sub-1-litre category. High-performance (and thirsty) engines dominated the larger-capacity categories, however.

These awards, in association with Engine Technology International magazine, were announced at the Stuttgart Engine Expo yesterday. They’re judged by a panel of 72 motoring journalists from 35 countries and four continents, and having served on the panel for a number of years, I can say that it’s an informed, objective  process  involving a complex, analytical marking system.

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