Now in its 15th year, the International Engine of the Year Awards have named their finalists for 2014 across a number of categories for engines that have excelled in bringing new design and engineering standards to the world of automotive propulsion.
“The 2014 International Engine of the Year Awards jury was made up of many of the world’s most respected motoring journalists,” the agency said. “In total, there were 82 jury members from 34 countries, bringing with them a wealth of experience and knowledge of today’s advanced passenger car engines. This year, the winning engines blend high-end performance with advanced technologies that reduce emissions and substantially improve fuel economy. Forced induction designs came first place in several categories, although one naturally aspirated motor collected two awards.”
The final standings are ranked by UKIP Media & Events Ltd., which involves “the voluntary participation of 82 motoring journalists from 34 countries.” UKIP Media notes that it “receives no advertising or financial support from any car manufacturer or distributor.” Here are the 12 winning engines in their respective categories.
1. International Engine of the Year: Ford’s 999cc liter EcoBoost Three-Cylinder
You probably know it as the EcoBoost 1.0 liter, but technically speaking, Ford’s (NYSE:F) potent little three-cylinder comes in one cc shy of a thousand. Nonetheless, it was rated as International Engine of the Year, as the tiny turbocharged powerplant is capable of producing 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque.