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Ford Wins International Engine of the Year Award

Ford Wins International Engine of the Year Award

By Jeff Youngs, June 06, 2013
According to a panel of 87 automotive journalists from around the world, Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine has received the International Engine of the Year award for a second consecutive year, earning the highest score of any engine in the 15-year history of the award. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine, which is built in a Ford factory located in Germany, debuts in the United States as an option for the 2014 Fiesta.

The engine is compact and lightweight, able to fit inside the overhead carry-on luggage bin inside of a commercial airliner. Rated to produce 123 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available across a broad portion of the engine's rev range, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost "is expected to deliver more than 40 mpg," according to Ford.

"With a technology as mature as the internal combustion engine, it's very rare to achieve a true breakthrough, but that is exactly what the team accomplished with this engine," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president, Global Powertrain. "You have to drive it to believe a small 3-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy."

Jurists judged the world's best engines on their drivability, performance, economy, refinement, and application of advanced engine technology. Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 15th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International Magazine, said: "Baby EcoBoost--Ford's first-ever 3-cylinder design--is still the engine to beat across the board. It's economical in real-world conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power larger vehicles...with ease."

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