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Ford 1.0-Litre EcoBoost Wins International Engine of the Year for the 6th Year Running

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 03 July 2017

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been voted 2017 International Engine of the Year “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the sixth year in a row – meaning the compact and powerful three-cylinder petrol engine remains undefeated in its category since its launch in 2012.

Judges praised the engine’s combination of performance, fuel-efficiency and technology. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost has now won 10 International Engine of the Year awards including overall winner a record three times, and “Best Newcomer”.

“Our 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer, setting the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president of Product Development at Ford of Europe.

“Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards under our belt, we’re still finding ways to push the boundaries of powertrain engineering and deliver even more benefit to our customers from this acclaimed small engine.”

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Offered with 100PS, 125PS and 140PS, Ford’s frugal three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was named “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” by a panel of 58 automotive journalists from 31 countries.

First introduced in the Ford Focus in 2012, the innovative engine has continued to dominate its segment despite being faced with growing competition in a category popular with car buyers and important to carmakers.

This year, the sub-1.0-litre award category featured 35 engines, nine more than in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost’s debut year.

“The baby Ford EcoBoost engine is still the best 1.0-litre, three-cylinder design around, despite newer powertrains arriving on the scene,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the 19th International Engine of the Year awards that were held in Stuttgart, Germany, and editor-in-chief of Engine Technology International magazine. “Even more impressive is that it is the first-ever powertrain to secure its class title every year it has been nominated.”

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine featuring cylinder deactivation technology will from 2018 deliver reduced running costs for customers by automatically stopping one of the engine’s cylinders when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine.

An example of the advanced engineering that enables Ford to deliver the power of choice to customers with fuel-efficient petrol, diesel and electrified powertrains, the technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds – 20 times faster than the blink of an eye – with no compromise in performance or refinement.

This feature will also equate to reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel-efficiency.

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