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Europeans clean up in international engine awards

European car manufacturers won nine out of 12 categories of the International Engine of the Year Awards 2001.

BMW took five of the wins with points awarded by a panel of automotive journalists on the basis of efficiency, refinement, environment and performance. Honda was the sole non-EC winner, collecting honours for its Insight hybrid unit, and another for the S2000's 2.0-litre VTEC engine.

Volkswagen's 1.4-litre TDi topped the 1.0-litre to 1.4-litre category, and PSA's 2.2-litre HDi common rail diesel took first place in the 2.0-litre to 2.5-litre class. The judges voted Saab's variable compression engine (SVC) the winner of the Best Concept category, beating Mercedes-Benz's Necar 5 fuel cell vehicle.

Top gong - the International Engine of the Year - was carried off by the 343bhp 3.2-litre six-cylinder petrol engine offered in BMW's M3, M Coupe and M Roadster models. The German manufacturer also won awards for its 1.8-litre Valvetronic, new 3.0-litre 231bhp petrol unit, the M3's engine and its 4.0-litre diesel.

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