Fiat's Two-cylinder MultiAir Marvel Is 2011 Engine of the Year

The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards are in, and the global jury has voted Fiat’s innovative and diminutive 875cc two-cylinder TwinAir the greatest automotive engine available today. The little 875 cc turbocharged engine impressed with its extremely low emissions, high fuel economy and impressive power for its size.

“Fiat has now produced one of the all-time great engines. Who would have thought that a two-cylinder unit could have won the International Engine of the Year title when we launched the Awards in 1999? Its triumph is a clear signal that less is more: people want low-emission, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines, and just two cylinders certainly seems to provide a comprehensive solution!” said Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

The TwinAir engine also managed to also be victorious in the Best New Engine, Best Sub 1-litre, and Best Green Engine categories, even beating zero-emission pure electric vehicle engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi in the last category.

As we’ve already reported, Fiat is joined by another Italian compatriot, as Ferrari has impressed the judges with the 4.5-liter V8 in the 458 Italia in the performance category. This potent powerplant scooped both ‘Best Performance Engine’ and ‘Above 4-litre’category trophies.

The 13th edition of the International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2011 in Stuttgart, Germany on 18 May. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 12 Awards given to those manufacturers that have been judged to have achieved excellence in powertrain engineering.
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