Ford retains title

Ford's three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo engine took the International Engine of the Year award for the second time in a row, prompting its maker to ramp up global production.

Ecoboost displaces just 999cc.

The so-called Ecoboost engine has been recognised by journalists around the world for its fuel efficiency while maintaining the performance needed for such a small motor.

Although this application is already used in several Ford models, it has yet to be offered in Thailand. The Ecoboost motor was only shown to the Thai public at the Bangkok motor show earlier this year for exhibition purposes.

While small cars like the Fiesta saloon/hatchback and pending Ecosport SUV are engineered to take Ecoboost, Thai-spec models get a 1.5-litre non-turbo petrol unit.

The Ecoboost powerplant garnered a total of 479 points, followed by Volkswagen's 1.4-litre TwinCharger petrol combining turbo and supercharging technologies (408) and BMW's 2.0-litre TwinPower petrol (247).

The New Engine award went to Volkswagen's 1.4-litre petrol motor featuring a cylinder deactivation system whereby two of the four cylinders are shut down during gentle driving to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Ferrari has reinforced its supercar reputation by taking first and second places in the Performance Engine category with its 6.3-litre V12 and 4.5-litre V8.

Fiat took top honours in the Green Engine class, thanks to its 876cc two-cylinder turbo engine capable of running on CNG _ compressed natural gas.

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