Results of the annual 2013 International Engine of the Year Awards, voted by a panel of 87 motoring journalists hailing from 35 countries around the world, have just been announced at the Engine Expo at Stuttgart, Germany. Engines are sorted into eight categories based on displacement with a further three special categories created for new engines, green engines, and performance engines. The category winners then qualify to be in the running for the Overall Engine of the Year Award.
Repeat winners from past years are possible as the award is open to engines that power vehicles still on sale in most parts of the world, and for only the fourth time in the award’s history, a defending winner successfully retains the Overall Engine of the Year crown. Amassing a total of 479 points from the judges, the Ford’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine held off the challenge of Volkswagen’s EA111 twin-charged engine, itself a two-time winner, to take home the big prize.
Ford’s 1.0-litre triple, boosted by a Continental-developed turbocharger, also retained its Sub 1.0-litre crown from last year and was placed fourth in the Green Engine category. The BMW and Volkswagen Groups were big winners too, taking home a combined five awards and having a total of 19 engines (including Porsche and Lamborghini under the VW Group) nominated in the entire award. These two makers monopolized the 2.5 to 3.0-litre category, with Porsche’s 2.7-litre flat-six in first place and Volkswagen’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI in sixth place sandwiching a quartet of BMW 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines.
Volkswagen was particularly strong in the 1.0 to 1.4-litre category, its TSI engines occupying all of the top four places. Interestingly, the newly-introduced 1.4-litre turbocharged EA211 engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT), which won the New Engine award, is placed fourth in its category behind three versions of the EA111 engine, which is ironically the engine that the EA211 is meant to replace in the long-run. Whilst the EA211 remains firmly an engine for the future, the present belongs to the twincharged 1.4 TSI engine which retains the category award for the eight successive year.
BMW’s 1.6-litre Prince engine is another serial winner of the award, picking up the 1.4 to 1.8-litre category gong for the seventh successive year. Its haul of 317 points in the category proved sufficient to keep Volkswagen’s 1.8 TSI and Ford’s EcoBoost T4 engines at second and third places respectively. Mazda’s new SkyActiv engines are also fast gaining recognition from the panel. Despite not winning a single award, Mazda engineers had every reason to walk home with their heads held high, as a trio of its 2.0- and 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G petrol and 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D diesel engines generated a combined tally of five nominations between them.
Newly introduced in this year’s award is the Engine Technology Development of the Year award, which is separately evaluated by a panel of 11 journalists with technical background plus one leading academic to serve as judges. This category is aimed to honour innovations made by powertrain component suppliers had 12 nominees and from that pool, the each judge was asked to name and rank his/her top eight innovations and score them accordingly with eight points awarded to the judge’s own choice of first place, seven points for second place and so forth. The winning innovation was Bosch’s hydraulic hybrid powertrain, which edged out Continental’s EMS3 engine management system by a haul of eight points.
List of results after the jump