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BMW dominates the 2007 “Engine Oscars”

BMW dominates the 2007 “Engine...
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May 9, 2007 BMW’s 3-litre twin turbo engine was today crowned International Engine of the Year 2007 at the ninth annual International Engine of the Year Awards, which were presented at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. In an award independently judged by a jury of 62 motoring journalists from 30 countries, BMW has always fared well, but this year it has excelled itself, taking the prestigious crown for the third consecutive year and taking seven of the 12 awards on offer with its 2.5-litre inline six and 5-litre V10 also winning gongs. Of the remaining awards, Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged TSI unit triumphed for a second year in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre class, with its larger sibling, the 2-litre turbo developed by Audi and housed in the Golf GTi and Audi A3, topping the 1.8-litre to 2-litre category. Toyota meanwhile saw its 1.5-litre hybrid that powers the Prius named Best Fuel Economy engine and its 1-litre 3-cylinder from the Aygo and Yaris take the honours in the Sub 1-litre category. Porsche won its first IEOY award taking the 3-litre to 4-litre category for its 3.6-litre Turbo.

BMW won additional International Engine of the Year Awards for its 2.5-litre inline six and 5-litre V10, but the Munich manufacturer was most delighted with the success of the 3-litre twin turbo, which also dominated the Best New Engine of 2007 category. Peter Langen, BMW’s director of powertrain, commented: “This is a tremendous achievement and important recognition of the lengths our engineers have gone to in order to ensure the success of our turbocharged petrol engines. We are proud to once again be honoured as the manufacturer of the International Engine of the Year.”

Elsewhere in the prestigious Awards, which are independently judged by 62 motoring journalists from 30 countries, Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged TSI unit triumphed for a second year in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre class, with its larger sibling, the 2-litre turbo developed by Audi and housed in the Golf GTi and Audi A3, topping the 1.8-litre to 2-litre category. Toyota meanwhile saw its 1.5-litre hybrid that powers the Prius named Best Fuel Economy engine and its 1-litre 3-cylinder from the Aygo and Yaris take the honours in the Sub 1-litre category.

Some of the loudest cheers were for Porsche, who finally won an International Engine of the Year Award trophy. Its 3.6-litre turbo engine in the 911 Turbo was voted the best 3-litre to 4-litre engine in production today.

International Engine of the Year Awards 2007: Winners

Best New Engine of 2007: BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo (335i) Best Fuel Economy: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius) Best Performance Engine: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) Sub 1-litre: Toyota 1-litre (Aygo, Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1) 1-litre to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Touran, Jetta)1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (MINI, Peugeot 207) 1.8-litre to 2-litre: Volkswagen 2-litre Turbo (Golf, Audi A3, A6, SEAT Leon, Skoda Octavia)2-litre to 2.5-litre: BMW 2.5-litre (325, 525, X3, Z4) 2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo (335i)3-litre to 4-litre: Porsche 3.6-litre Turbo (911) Above 4-litre: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6) and…

International Engine of the Year 2007: BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo (335i)

The International Engine of the Year Awards are presented by Engine Technology International magazine, published by UKIP Media & Events.

2006 Winners

Best New Engine: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI TwinchargerBest Fuel Economy: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy DriveBest Performance Engine: BMW 5-litre V10Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA1-litre to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive1.8-litre to 2-litre: Volkswagen 2-litre FSI Turbo2-litre to 2.5-litre: Subaru 2.5-litre Turbo2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre Twin Turbo Diesel3-litre to 4-litre: BMW M 3.2-litreAbove 4-litre: BMW 5-litre V10International Engine of the Year 2005: BMW 5-litre V10

2005 Winners

Best New Engine: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)Best Fuel Economy: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)Best Performance Engine: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)1-litre to 1.4-litre: Fiat-GM 1.3-litre Diesel1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)1.8-litre to 2-litre: Volkswagen 2-litre FSI Turbo (Golf GTi, Audi A3, A4)2-litre to 2.5-litre: Honda 2.2-litre Diesel (Accord, CR-V, FR-V)2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo Diesel (535d)3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3)Above 4-litre: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)International Engine of the Year 2005: BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)

2004 Winners

Best New Engine: Toyota Hybrid Synergy DriveBest Fuel Economy: Toyota Hybrid Synergy DriveBest Performance Engine: Mercedes-AMG 65 (S65, CL65)Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)1-litre to 1.4-litre: Honda 1.3-litre IMA (Civic)1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: BMW 2.5-litre (325i, X3, 525i Z4)2.5-litre to 3-litre: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3)Above 4-litre: Volkswagen 5-litre V10 TDi (Touareg, Phaeton)International Engine of the Year 2004: Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive

2003 Winners

Best New Engine: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)Best Fuel Economy: Honda 1.3-litre IMA (Civic)Best Performance Engine: Mercedes-AMG 55 (CL55, E55, S55, SL55)Sub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)1-litre to 1.4-litre: Honda 1.3-litre IMA (Civic)1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: MINI Supercharged 1.6-litre (Cooper S)1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: BMW 2.5-litre (325i, 525i, Z4)2.5-litre to 3-litre: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litre (M3)Above 4-litre: Volkswagen 5-litre V10 TDi (Touareg, Phaeton)International Engine of the Year 2003: Mazda RENESIS Rotary (RX-8)

2002 Winners

Best New Engine: BMW 4.4-litre ValvetronicBest Fuel Economy: Honda 1-litre IMABest Concept: GM AUTOnomySub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA1-litre to 1.4-litre: Honda 1.3-litre IMA1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Toyota 1.8-litre VVTL-i 1901.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: PSA Peugeot-Citroën 2.2-litre HDi2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litreAbove 4-litre: BMW 4.4-litre ValvetronicInternational Engine of the Year 2002: BMW 4.4-litre Valvetronic

2001 Winners

Best New Engine: BMW 3.2-litreBest Fuel Economy: Honda 1-litre IMABest Concept: Saab SVCSub 1-litre: Honda 1-litre IMA1-litre to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen Group 1.4-litre TDi1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: BMW 1.8-litre Valvetronic1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: PSA Peugeot-Citroën 2.2-litre HDi2.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 3.2-litreAbove 4-litre: Ferrari 5.5-litreInternational Engine of the Year 2001: BMW 3.2-litre

2000 Winners

Best Eco-friendly: Toyota Hybrid PriusBest Fuel Economy: Honda Hybrid 1-litre InsightBest Concept: DaimlerChrysler Necar 4Sub 1-litre: Honda Hybrid 1-litre Insight1-litre to 1.4-litre: Toyota 1.3-litre VVTi1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: Honda 1.8-litre (Accord)1.8-litre to 2-litre: Honda 2-litre (S2000)2-litre to 2.5-litre: Alfa Romeo 2.5-litre V62.5-litre to 3-litre: BMW 3-litre TDi3-litre to 4-litre: BMW 4-litre V8 TDiAbove 4-litre: Ferrari 5.5-litre V12International Engine of the Year 2000: Honda Hybrid 1-litre Insight

1999 Winners

Best Eco-friendly: Toyota Prius HybridBest Fuel Economy: Volkswagen 1.2-liter TDiBest Concept: DaimlerChrysler Necar 4Sub 1-litre: Toyota 1-liter1-liter to 1.4-litre: Volkswagen 1.2-liter TDi1.4-liter to 1.8-litre: Toyota Prius Hybrid1.8-liter to 2-litre: Volkswagen 1.9-liter 110PS TDi2-liter to 2.5-litre: Audi 2.5-liter V6 TDi2.5-liter to 3-litre: BMW 3-liter TDi3-liter to 4-litre: BMW 4-liter V8 TDiAbove 4-litres: BMW 5.34-liter V12International Engine of the Year 1999: Toyota Yaris 1-liter

The International Engine of the Year Awards 2007 jury

Argentina: Carlos Angio, Pablo Jorge Gualtieri; Austria: Horst Bauer; Australia: John Carey, Bill McKinnon; Belgium: Etienne Visart de Bocarmé; Brazil: Marcelo Moura; Canada: David Booth, Marc Lachapelle,Jim Kenzie, Richard Russell; China: Gary Tsang; Czech Republic: Tomas Hyan; France: Christophe Congrega, Thierry Etienne, Benoit Pérot; Egypt: Mohamed Sheta; Germany: Thomas Imhof, Georg Kacher, Jürgen Lewandowski, Juergen Zoellter; Greece: Giannis Charpidis; Holland: Jeroen Jongeneel; Hungary: Gabor Szécsényi; India: Hormazd Sorabjee; Ireland: Padraic Deane; Italy: Diego Eramo, Marco Marelli, Massimo Nascimbene; Japan: Yasuhiko Kawamura, Jack Yamaguchi; Mexico: Rogelio Rivera; New Zealand: Brian Cowan; Portugal: Joaquim Oliveira, José Vieira; Russia: Leonid Golovanov, Mikhail Podorozhansky; Slovenia: Tomaz Porekar; South Africa: Jake Venter; South Korea: Charley Chae; Spain: Arturo de Andrés; Sweden: Norbert Andersson, Rolf Gildenlöw; Turkey: Halit Bolkan; UK: Farah AlKhalisi, Ken Gibson, Paul Horrell, Graham Johnson; USA: Mike Allen, Dan Carney, Csaba Csere, Ken Gross, Patrick Hong, Frank Markus, Jim McCraw, Dennis Simanaitis, Chris Walton; International Judges: Matt Davis, Peter Lyon, Greg Kable, Peter Nunn, Peter Robinson.

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