A SMALL gasoline engine that powers some Ford models, including the new Fiesta, has fought off the competition coming from premium brands and supercars to win the “Oscars” of the engine world for an unprecedented third-straight year.
Ford Motor Co. said its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine—which the carmaker noted lowers fuel consumption without sacrificing power—was named 2014 International Engine of the Year for its drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology.
Ford said 82 automotive journalists from 35 countries also named the 1.0-liter EcoBoost the “Best Engine Under 1.0-liter” for the third year in a row.
“To deliver the complete package of eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement, we knew this little 1.0-liter engine would have to be a game-changer,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president for Ford Powertrain Engineering. “Through our One Ford approach to development, EcoBoost continues to set the benchmark for power combined with fuel efficiency from a small gasoline engine.”
Ford said the engine has now won 13 major awards. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years—including Best New Engine in 2012—the 1.0-liter EcoBoost has also been awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics in the US. Ford said it is also the first carmaker to win a Ward’s 10 Best Engines trophy for a three-cylinder engine.
“This year’s competition was the fiercest yet, but the 1.0-liter EcoBoost continues to stand out for all the right reasons – great refinement, surprising flexibility and excellent efficiency,” said Dean Slavnich, cochairman of the 16th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering.”
Launched in Europe in 2012 with the Ford Focus, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is now used in the Fiesta, B-Max, EcoSport, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Transit Connect and Transit Courier. Ford vehicles equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost are now sold in 72 countries.
Ford recently began production of the engine in Chongqing, China, to support demand in Asia Pacific.