The small but powerful Ford 1.0 EcoBoost engine has retained its crown at the 2013 International Engine of the Year Awards. The three-cylinder engine, which is currently fitted to the Focus, Fiesta, B-MAX, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX was picked by a panel of 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries around the world, and achieved the highest overall score in the 15-year history of the awards.
Former winners of the prestigious gong - which grades engines for driveability, performance, economy and refinement - include the Fiat 0.9 TwinAir unit and Mazda’s 1.3 rotary engine from the RX-8. Ford is only the third manufacturer to win the trophy two years in a row.
Designed and engineered at Ford’s R&D centres in Dunton and Dagenham, but assembled in Cologne, the 1.0 EcoBoost has been a runaway success since it was first fitted to the Focus last year. And in response to swelling demand, production will be doubled, beginning in mid-August, to more than 1,000 engines a day.
Producing up to 123bhp and returning as much as 65.7mpg (in the Fiesta), the 1.0 EcoBoost is crucial to Ford’s expansion plans. It’s aiming to sell 480,000 EcoBoost engines by 2015, 300,000 of which will be the 1.0 EcoBoost.