Ford’s ultra-fuel efficient and well-received 1.0-litre EcoBoost gasoline engine has been named 2013 International Engine of the Year, marking the second straight year that the three-cylinder engine has won the award. Ford is one of only three automakers to record consecutive wins in the 15-year history of the awards.
The awards was judged by a panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries around the world. The engines were evaluated based on their drivability, performance, fuel-economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology.
The small EcoBoost, which combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to lower fuel consumption without sacrificing power, received the highest score in the history of the awards. In addition to taking home the top award, it also won the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” category.
“Who’d have believed it? A 1.0-litre engine that has it all, powerful, fuel efficient, clean and lightweight,” said Peter Lyon, U.K. juror and freelance journalist. “This is a masterpiece.”
In Europe, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is available in a number of Ford’s vehicles, including the Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. It will also be offered in the Transit and Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Mondeo and EcoSport. It is slowly proliferating across the American automaker’s global lineup.