Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, said: "The international judging panel is hugely impressed by this VW engine. It's a masterstroke of downsizing technology and a real engineering showcase. I have no doubt that this engine will become the template for a whole new generation of high efficiency, small capacity engines in the years to come".
Although losing out on the top award this year, BMW once again secured success at the Awards with its mighty 'M Power' 4-litre V8 topping the 3-litre to 4-litre category and its 3-litre DI Twin Turbo judged to be the best 2.5-litre to 3-litre engine. The Munich giant also shared a third category win with PSA for their 1.6-litre Turbo engine in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category, an outstanding product generated by the two companies' joint powertrain development venture.
Also worthy of mention is Mercedes-Benz, which successfully took three category wins. Its 2.1-litre diesel won the 2-litre to 2.5-litre category and its powerhouse, AMG-developed, 6.2-litre V8 won the Above 4-litre category, with the same unit also judged to be the Performance Engine of the Year.
The Awards, which are judged by 65 motoring journalists from 32 countries across four continents, also rewarded a variety of other manufacturers for engine excellence in a number of different categories. Toyota won the Sub 1-litre category with its 998cc, three-cylinder engine; Audi was rewarded for its 2-litre, four-cylinder TFSI engine in the 1.8-litre to 2-litre category; and Porsche's 3.8-litre flat-six was voted New Engine of the Year.
The 11th annual International Engine of the Year Award ceremony took place at Engine Expo 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany on 17 June. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 12 Awards given to those manufacturers who have been judged to have achieved excellence in their powertrain engineering.
International Engine of the Year Awards 2009 Winners
- Best New Engine of 2009: Porsche 3.8-litre flat-six (911)
- Green Engine of the Year: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta)
- Performance Engine of the Year: Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)
- Sub 1-litre: Toyota 1-litre (Aygo, Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1, Subaru Justy)
- 1-litre to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Eos, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta, Seat Ibiza Cupra)
- 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (MINI Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308)
- 1.8-litre to 2-litre: Audi 2-litre TFSI (A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTi)
- 2-litre to 2.5-litre: Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEffieciency C-Class, BlueEffieciency E-Class)
- 2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre DI Twin-Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 730)
- 3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 4-litre V8 (M3)
- Above 4-litre: Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)
The International Engine of the Year Awards are presented by Engine Technology International magazine, published by UKIP Media & Events. The Awards involve the voluntary participation of 65 leading motoring journalists from 32 countries. Engine Technology International receives no advertising or financial support from any car manufacturer or distributor.