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Ford EcoBoost 2013's Engine Of The Year

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Last week saw the UK's International Engine of the Year competition, which was won for the second year in a row by Ford, with its economical but powerful EcoBoost unit. The winning engine is a three cylinder 999cc turbo petrol unit used in Ford's Fiesta, Focus, B-Max, C-Max and Grand C-Max models.

The awards are judged by an 87 strong panel of automotive journalists from a total of 35 countries and have been running for 15 years. This year's winning entry scored the highest in the awards' history. Grades are awarded for performance, refinement, economy and driveability and the top spot has previously gone to Fiat's 0.9 litre TwinAir engine and the Mazda RX-8's 1.3 litre rotary engine. This is only the third time that a manufacturer has won the top gong for two consecutive years.

The results of the competition were announced at Stuttgart's Engine Expo and awards include Best New Engine, which this year went to the VW 1.4 TSI ACT – also the winner of the 1.0-1.4 litre group, plus Best Performance Engine, won by Ferrari's 6.3 litre V12, which was also considered the best engine in the above 4.0 litre category. Fiat got the gong in the Green Engine category, with its two cylinder 875cc turbo compressed natural gas unit, the first time such technology has seen victory in the International Engine of the Year competition.

The 1.4-1.8 litre award went to BMW for its 1.6 litre turbo joint effort with PSA, as did the 1.8-2.0 litre category for its four cylinder 2.0 litre twin turbo petrol engine. The 2.0-2.5 litre winner was the five cylinder 2.5 litre used by the VW group in the Audis TT RS, RS3 and Q3 RS. Porsche made a showing in the 2.0-3.0 litre category for its Boxster and Cayman sourced 2.7 litre DI engine, while the 3.0-4.0 litre winner was McLaren's 3.8 litre V8, awesome in the MP4-12C.

Ford's EcoBoost was created by Ford's Dunton and Dagenham R&D offices and is built in Cologne. The current output of about 500 units per day is due to be doubled this summer, to keep up with runaway demand. Ford is basing its future expansion around the super successful 123bhp engine which, when used in a Fiesta, can return up to 65.7mpg. Out of the 480,000 EcoBoost sales Ford is expecting in 2015, 300,000 are likely to come from the 1.0 litre version. The company is also planning to supply EcoBoost engines to its other models, including the Mondeo, the crossover EcoSport and commercial vans.

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