Ford's direct-injection turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine achieved the highest score in the history of the award, and beat Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre four-cylinder twincharger petrol engine and BMW’s 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder petrol to claim the title.
The three-cylinder turbo unit will debut in Australia in the Fiesta and EcoSport in the final quarter of this year.
To meet demand, Ford has confirmed it is doubling production of the engine at its Cologne Engine Plant in Germany from mid August to manufacturer more than 1000 engines per day.
A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries named the 1.0-litre EcoBoost the winner after assessing its driveability, performance, economy, refinement, and its successful application of advanced technology.
It was also named the winner of the Sub 1.0-litre category, ahead of Fiat’s 875cc two-cylinder turbo (named the Green engine of the year) and Volkswagen’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder from the Up!.
Other notable winners included the 6.3-litre V12 from the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which scooped the prizes in the Above 4.0-litre and Performance engine of the year categories, McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo from the MP4-12C (3.0- to 4.0-litre engine of the year), and Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol with active cylinder deactivation from the Golf, which claimed the award for the New engine of the year.
Like last year, the judges found no room on the winners’ list for either diesel or hybrid propulsion systems.
2013 International Engine of the Year Awards:
- International engine of the year – Ford 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo
- New engine – Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI ACT
- Green engine – Fiat 875cc two-cylinder turbo CNG
- Performance engine – Ferrari 6.3-litre V12
- Sub 1.0-litre – Ford 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo
- 1.0- to 1.4-litre – Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI twincharger
- 1.4- to 1.8-litre – BMW-PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol
- 1.8- to 2.0-litre – BMW 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol
- 2.0- to 2.5-litre – Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo
- 2.5- to 3.0-litre – Porsche 2.7-litre petrol
- 3.0- to 4.0-litre – McLaren 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8
- Above 4.0-litre – Ferrari 6.3-litre V12