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Fiat dominates Engine of the Year Awards


Fiat's 875cc two-cylinder engine has been judged to be world's finest engine by a jury of 76 international motoring journalists

The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards were announced at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury voted Fiat’s diminutive 875cc two-cylinder TwinAir the greatest automotive engine available today. The tiny turbocharged engine impressed judges with its low emissions, high fuel economy and power of 85hp. The unit can be found powering the Fiat 500.

The TwinAir engine not only managed to scoop the overall 'International Engine of the Year' title, but it also won in the 'Best New Engine', 'Best Sub 1-litre', and 'Best Green Engine' categories, even beating zero-emission pure electric vehicle engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi in the latter category.

Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says: “Fiat has now produced one of the all-time great engines. Who would have thought that a two-cylinder unit could have won the International Engine of the Year title when we launched the Awards in 1999? Its triumph is a clear signal that less is more: people want low-emission, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines, and just two cylinders certainly seems to provide a comprehensive solution!”

Joining Fiat in its success was compatriot and stablemate Ferrari. The judges voted the Italian car maker's mighty new 570hp, 4.5-litre V8 engine (as seen in the 458 Italia) best in both 'Best Performance Engine' and 'Above 4-litre' category trophies.

BMW bagged four category wins, including the ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ category for its 4-litre V8 found in the M3; the ‘2.5-litre to 3-litre’ category for its 3-litre DI Twin Turbo fitted across much of its range; the ‘1.8-litre to 2-litre’ category for its 2-litre Twin Turbo diesel engine found in the 123d and X1; and the ‘1.4-litre to 1.8-litre’ category for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, which also scooped the same Award.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine, which won the overall International Engine of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010, once again defended its crown in the ‘1-litre to 1.4-litre’ category.

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