Ford Motor Co.'s 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine has been named the International Engine of the Year for the second year in a row.
The three-cylinder engine received the highest score in the 15-year history of the award, Ford said today in a statement released by its European unit in Cologne.
The engine, which integrates turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to lower fuel use without losing power, also won the Best Engine Under 1.0-liter category at the annual awards given by Engine Technology International magazine.
Starting in mid-August, Ford said it plans to double assembly of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost at its engine plant in Cologne, Germany, to more than 1,000 units per day to meet demand.
"With a technology as mature as the internal combustion engine, it's very rare to achieve a true breakthrough, but that is exactly what the team accomplished with this engine," Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering, said in a statement. "You have to drive it to believe a small three-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy."
In Europe, the engine is available in the Focus, B-Max, Fiesta, C-Max and Grand C-Max. Ford said it also will be offered in the Transit Courier, Transit Connect, Tourneo Courier, Tourneo Connect, EcoSport and Mondeo.