When it debuts this fall, Ford’s EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine will be the most unconventional engine choice we’ve seen in America for a long time, but Ford’s not worried since the engine that fits in carry-on luggage keeps getting so many awards.
The most recent award came in German publication Auto Motor und Sport‘s Best Cars Awards, where the engine won the International Paul Pietsch Award for 2013, according to a Ford press release.
The award makes the engine’s fifth major recognition since introduction nearly a year ago, with Popular Mechanics, Great Britain’s Royal Automobile Club, and Engine Technology International among the other groups to bedazzle the engine with trophies.
Auto Motor und Sport Publisher Bernd Ostmann said, “This award goes to a technology that has made such an impact in the automotive world. The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine makes a real difference; it performs well, is great to drive, uses a very modern and light construction and it represents green technology.
Since its debut in Europe, Ford said fully 40% of Fiesta and B-MAX buyers have opted for the three-cylinder engine that incorporates several technologies not previously seen in Ford engines, including an integrated exhaust manifold, variable oil pump, a split cooling system, an offset crankshaft (to negate the need for an external counterbalancer, reportedly), and a turbocharger capable of spinning at up to 248,000 RPM in helping the engine put out similar power to a non-turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.
Ford of Germany Chairman Bernhard Mattes said, “Sustainability is a cornerstone of our business strategy and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is an excellent example of affordable technology combined with high customer value and represents Ford’s promise to Go Further.”
Ford expects the tiny engine to help the Fiesta obtain the title of most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car in America once it is available in the brand’s smallest car here in the fall. We’ll be anxiously watching the EPA numbers to see if that rings true. And rest assured, we have already put our hat in the ring to test an EcoBoost 1.0-equipped Fiesta when one becomes available.