Ford’s 999cc three-cylinder turbo Ecoboost has won International Engine of the Year 2014, becoming the first engine in the award’s 16-year history to successively win the title three years in a row.
Ford was awarded the trophy in Stuttgart at the awards’ ceremony this week, following judging by a fully independent, international panel of industry experts.
The Ford Ecoboost variant has now won seven awards in just 3-years, and is found in a variety models including the Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, and the Tourneo Connect.
Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, said: “This achievement not only cements the 1.0 EcoBoost’s place in the history books, but is proof that this is one of the finest examples of powertrain engineering. Credit goes to the whole team at Ford for this amazing success.”
Mercedes also won big, with the AMG 2-litre turbo in A45 AMG collecting two awards: Best New Engine and the 1.8l-2litre class.
BMW won the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category for the PSA 1.6-litre turbo and the 2.5-litre to 3-litre award for its Twin-Power Turbo.
Tesla won the Green Engine Award, marking yet another historic milestone as the US manufacturer became the first all-electric powertrain to win. Tesla’s win recognises the genuine importance that all-electric technology continues to play, and how the field is no longer dominated by the combustion big-hitters.
Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI TwinCharger also made history, becoming the awards’ most celebrated engine ever, winning in the 1-1.4litre category to bring its total haul to 13 awards since 2006.
Ferrari continued its dominance in the Performance Engine Category and Above 4-litre category, with the 458 Speciale V8 winning this year.
McLaren retained the 3-litre to 4-litre class with its V8 variant.
The 16th International Engine of the Year Awards was judged by an 82-strong panel of international experts, and winners were announced at a ceremony at Engine Expo 2014.