Ford wins another Engine of the Year award for 1.0L EcoBoost

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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It would be an understatement to say Ford has been on a roll lately, but the term could be given to its tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder engine. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost has earned its second International Engine of the Year award in the "Best Engine Under 1.0-litre" category, receiving the highest score ever achieved in the 15 years since the award has been offered.

The award is judged by a panel of 87 influential automotive journalists from 35 countries, making it necessary for an engine to be available (or soon to be available) in these markets to qualify.

"Who'd have believed it? A 1.0-litre engine that has it all, powerful, fuel efficient, clean and lightweight," said Peter Lyon, U.K. juror and freelance journalist. "This is a masterpiece."

Ford, one of the world's largest global players, offers its 1.0-litre EcoBoost just about everywhere it sells cars, although it won't be available in North American until its 2014 Fiesta arrives later this year.

"Baby EcoBoost – Ford's first-ever three-cylinder design – is still the engine to beat across the board," said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 15th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International Magazine. "It's economical in real-world conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power larger vehicles like the Grand C-MAX with ease."

It's already in the automaker's European Fiesta, as well as its B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, while the diminutive powerplant will soon be sold in the Transit Connect, Transit Courier, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Mondeo (Fusion) and EcoSport.

What impressed the judges? First and foremost, engine output is up to 123-horsepower between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque from 1,400 to 4,000 rpm, whereas it's also extremely compact; small enough to fit into the overhead bin of a passenger plane.

"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."

You'd think with its global reach and need to keep costs down that Ford would build the 1.0-litre EcoBoost in one of its Asian or South American plants, but it's produced in Cologne, Germany, as well as its Craiova, Romania assembly facility. The Cologne assembly plant will soon double production to more than 1,000 engines a day in order keep up with demand, yet more good news for the blue oval badge.

As a note, the Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost has also won the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation at German magazine Auto Motor und Sport Best Cars Awards, and the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, plus a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the U.S.
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Topics: Ford, Fiesta, Engine, Ecoboost,

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