Ford’s new 3-cylinder 1-liter EcoBoost (earlier post), which made its debut in the European Focus, has been named overall International Engine of the Year 2012. The engine also picked up the awards for New Engine and Sub 1-Litre categories in the annual event.
In 2011, Fiat won the top spot with its 875cc Twin Air engine for the Fiat 500. (Earlier post.)
The Ford 999cc unit generates 123 bhp and 170 N·m peak torque (200 N·m with overboost) along with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.
The new 1.0L 3-cylinder EcoBoost was designed at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in the UK, the company’s global center of excellence for small-capacity engines. Engineers focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine’s internal moving parts, especially during warm-up—the time when an engine emits higher levels of CO2 and other pollutants.
GM’s 1.4-liter range extender engine for the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera picked up the award for Green Engine.