For the third time in a row, the World Engine of the Year award has been won by none other than *drum rolls* the 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine. The much acclaimed 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine won the coveted honour for the third consecutive year after a panel of automobile journalists from all over the world unanimously voted for the same, beating Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8 and Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI twincharger to the title. Ford’s blue-eyed boy, the engine has been plonked into a plethora of models in the company’s line-up including the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and our very own EcoSport.
Apart from the 2014 World Engine of the Year award, the Ford EcoBoost mill also won in the sub 1.0-litre segment, while BMWs 647cc two-cylinder electric-gasoline range extender from the i3 was the first runner-up; followed by Volkswagen’s 999cc 3-cylinder unit. In the 1.0-1.4-litre category, the Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI (Jetta, Tiguan, Skoda Octavia) took the top honours, followed by Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo (Abarth Punto, 500L, Dodge Dart) and Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI.
The Green engine of the year award has been won by Tesla’s full electric powertrain that scored 248 points, while the Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre turbo motor powering the A45 and CLA45 AMGs won the ‘best new engine of the year award’. Coming to the Best Performance Engine and above 4.0-litre awards, it was Ferrari’s 4.5-litre V8 for the 458 Speciale which took top honours.
The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the 3-cylinder, turbocharged motor made its debut in 2012 and has been the recipient of over 17 awards across the globe. Ford offers the same 1.0-litre EcoBoost in three states of tune which are 100 PS, 125 PS and 140 PS. The engine available in India is tuned to produce 125 PS of power on the EcoSport and will soon power the Ford Fiesta as well (but not before 2015). The EcoBoost mill is available in over 72 countries. Check out the complete winners list below.