Monday, December 27, 2010

VW wins 2009 International Engine of the Year, Mercedes Scoops Performance Engine Award

Volkswagen Group's 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger gasoline engine has been named the grand winner at 2009 International Engine of the Year awards ending BMW's four-year-streak. The four-cylinder unit that is offered in a variety of cars including the VW Golf and Seat Ibiza Cupra, also scooped the Green Engine of the Year award beating both Toyota's and Honda's new electric-hybrid powerplants, while the panel of 65 motoring journalists from 32 countries also named the 1.4 TSI the 1.0- to 1.4-liter Engine of the Year.

German manufacturers dominated this year's competition, winning 11 out of the 12 available awards. In the other categories, Porsche's direct injection 3.8-liter flat-six was named Best New Engine of 2009 while Mercedes' 6.2-liter V8 AMG unit won the Performance Engine of the Year as well as the Above 4-litre category.

Mercedes also took home an award for its 2.1-litre diesel unit that won the 2-litre to 2.5-litre category.

Last year's overall winner, BMW, secured three awards, the 3-litre to 4-litre category with the M3's 4.0-liter V8, the 2.5-litre to 3-litre class with its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six and along with the PSA Citroen-Peugeot group, the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category with their 1.6-liter Turbo engine.

Toyota won the Sub 1-litre category with its 998cc, three-cylinder engine while Audi was rewarded for its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSI engine in the 1.8-litre to 2-litre category class.

International Engine of the Year Awards 2009 Winners

Best New Engine of 2009 -->
Porsche 3.8-litre flat-six (911)

Green Engine of the Year -->
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta)

Performance Engine of the Year -->
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)

Sub 1-litre -->Toyota 1-litre (Aygo, Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citro├źn C1, Subaru Justy)

1-litre to 1.4-litre -->
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Eos, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta, Seat Ibiza Cupra)

1.4-litre to 1.8-litre -->
BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (MINI Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308

1.8-litre to 2-litre -->
Audi 2-litre TFSI (A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTi)

2-litre to 2.5-litre -->
Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEffieciency C-Class, BlueEffieciency E-Class)

2.5-litre to 3-litre -->
BMW 3-litre DI Twin-Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 730)

3-litre to 4-litre -->
BMW 4-litre V8 (M3)

Above 4-litre -->
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)

The International Engine of the Year 2009:

Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Eos, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta, Seat Ibiza Cupra)

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