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Volkswagen wins best engine award

 

Volkswagen's 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger has scooped the overall honours at the International Engine of the Year Awards 2010

The powerful small engine, which also won the overall award last year, boasts almost 180bhp thanks to the use of both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The engine is now utilised across much of the VW model range, including the Golf, Scirocco, Eos and Tiguan ranges, and is also in the Seat Ibiza Cupra.

Dean Slavnich, Editor of Engine Technology International and co-chair of the 72-strong international judging panel of motoring journalists, said the award demonstrates that engine downsizing is here to stay.

"We've seen more new engines launched into the market than ever before in the Awards' history, and the vast majority of them were below 1.8-litres. That VW's clever 1.4-litreTwinCharger is still proclaimed by the judges as the best engine on sale in the world today demonstrates the class of this highly refined trend setter."

Of the 66 new engines to come to market over the past year, Fiat's 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine impressed the judges the most, being named the 'New Engine of the Year 2010'. This Italian powerplant, which uses an advanced valvetrain to boost performance and yet save fuel, is currently used in the Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta ranges.

More downsized engines also earned success, with Toyota's 1.8-litre electric-hybrid unit winning the Green Engine of the Year Award category. The engine powers the Prius and Auris/Corolla models. Toyota also continued its dominance in the Sub 1-litre sector, its 999cc, three-cylinder engine again taking class honours.

At the other end of the engine capacity spectrum, Mercedes-AMG won the Best Performance Engine category with its 6.2-litre V8 engine for the second time. This engine also scooped the Above 4-litre title.

2010 Award winners:

International Engine of the Year
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger petrol

As seen in: Polo, Golf, Scirocco, Eos, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra, Skoda Fabia vRS

Best engine above 4-litres
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre V8 petrol

As seen in: SLS AMG, C63 AMG, E63 AMG saloon, E63 AMG estate

3-litres to 4-litres
BMW 4-litre V8 petrol

As seen in: BMW M3

2.5-litres to 3-litres
Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo petrol

As seen in: Audi TT RS

1.8-litres to 2-litres
BMW 2-litre twin-turbo diesel

As seen in: BMW 123d

1.4-litres to 1.8-litres
BMW-PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol

As seen in: Mini Hatchback Cooper S, Mini Clubman Cooper S, Mini Convertible Cooper S, Citroen DS3, Peugeot 207 GTI

1-litre to 1.4-litres
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger petrol

As seen in: Polo, Golf, Scirocco, Eos, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra, Skoda Fabia vRS

Sub 1-litre
Toyota 1-litre three-cylinder petrol

As seen in: Toyota Aygo,Toyota IQ, Peugeot 107, Citroen C1

Performance engine
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre V8 petrol

As seen in: SLS AMG, C63 AMG, E63 AMG saloon, E63 AMG estate

New engine
Fiat 1.4-litre Multiair turbo petrol

As seen in: Fiat Punto Evo, Alfa Romeo Mito, Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Green engine
Toyota hybrid 1.8-litre petrol

As seen in: Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris HSD


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