Ford Ecoboost Wins Engine of the Year Award


Ford is on a bit of a roll with the new Ecoboost engine as it wins yet another major international award.

The fuel -efficient engine is named 2012 “International Engine of the Year”. The small, high-tech, three-cylinder engine also received two other awards – “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” – in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine, based on votes cast by 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world. This is the first time Ford has won International Engine of the Year in the 13-year history of the awards.

The Ecoboost is praised mostly for its performance in relation to the size of the engine. The popularity of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with judges saw it receive 28 per cent more points than its closest rival as well as the highest points total of any engine in the competition’s history.  The Criteria they consider include drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.

ecoboost2 Ford Ecoboost Wins Engine of the Year Award

Ford press release:

Joe Bakaj, Ford global powertrain vice president, said: “We set the bar incredibly high when we started to design this engine.  We wanted to deliver eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement – and all from a very small, three-cylinder engine.

“The team responded to this challenge with some really exciting innovation and the result is a game-changer for petrol engines globally.”

Dean Slavnich, chairman of the International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International magazine, said: “This is a fitting victory for a truly remarkable engine. For a three-cylinder to power a vehicle like the Ford Focus with such ease proves that the future is very, very bright for the internal combustion engine.

“Power, response and very good real-world fuel consumption figures are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this engine and what it offers drivers today. Well done, Ford!”

Other judges also praised the 1.0-litre EcoBoost:

“If downsizing is the way ahead, there is currently no better example than this. Same power as the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre engine it replaces, and much punchier to drive,” said UK-based journalist John Simister.

“With good torque at the very low end, this high-tech three-cylinder turbo gives the driving performance of a small turbo diesel, but without noise and vibrations,” said Christophe Congrega of France’s L’Automobile Magazine.

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