A panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries judged the awards on drivability, performance, economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology. Ford is one of three car makers to record back-to-back victories in the 15-year history of the awards.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost - which combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to lower fuel consumption without sacrificing power - received the highest score in the history of the awards. The engine also won in the category Best Engine Under 1.0 litre at the annual awards, presented by Engine Technology International Magazine.
Ford also confirmed plans to double production of the engine at its Cologne Engine Plant in Germany to more than 1 000 engines a day from mid-August to meet demand.
“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 three-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy.”
In South Africa, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is currently offered in the Fiesta and will also be a part of the EcoSport range, coming later this year. - Motoring Staff