New Nominees For Engine Of The Year Awards
The 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards, held June 13 in Germany, will assess 39 all-new engines alongside the best of the established powertrains already in the market. New engines include gas engines such as McLaren’s downsized V8 and BMW’s turbocharged ‘M’ power V8 unit, to the three-cylinder engine from Ford and the all-electric engines of the Nissan Leaf and Renault Fluence.
Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, said, “As ever, the judging panel has assessed every new engine to the market in the past 12 months, and we firmly believe that this year’s judging has been the toughest ever. Last year, Fiat’s fabulous little TwinAir scooped four awards, so it will be interesting to see if it can still impress as much in the face of some talented opposition.”
With fuel prices across the globe riding high, the small, green and electric powertrains have never been more important to the international automotive market. The burgeoning ‘Green’ category will see last year’s winning Fiat 875cc two cylinder turbo take on General Motor’s excellent 1.4-liter range extender from the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera, while Ford’s much-admired 999cc, threecylinder turbo engine is also a top contender for the category.
The ‘Performance’ engine award has Ferrari’s Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 taking on new units such as McLaren’s 3.8-liter V8 from the MP4-12C supercar and BMW’s 4.4-liter TwinTurbo V8 that powers the M5 and M6.
Of the all-new engines to the market in 2011, Mazda’s 2.2-liter, ‘skyactive’ diesel engine might take the overall crown, but with the likes of McLaren, BMW, Ford and General Motors all vying for position, the final awards results will certainly be closely watched by the industry.
The 14th International Engine of the Year Award will be announced at a ceremony at the Engine Expo 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany on June 13, 2012. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, will give 12 awards to those automotive manufacturers that have been judged to have achieved excellence in powertrain engineering.
For further information on the awards, please visit: www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear.