Fiat's TwinAir engine has won four awards at the International Engine of the Year 2011 competition.
The International Engine of the Year jury which consisted of 76 journalists and industry experts from 36 countries named the TwinAir engine best in its displacement category (less than 1000 cm3) as well as naming it International Engine of the Year 2011, the top award in the competition. The TwinAir engine was also named Best New Engine 2011 and Best Green Engine 2011.
The TwinAir engine is currently available in 85HP Turbo configuration in the Fiat 500 and 500C, and will soon be available in the new Chrysler Ypsilon in a 65HP aspirated version and in another high-performance 105HP Turbo version,at the very top of the category in terms of specific power (120 HP/litre), as well as in the ecological 80 HP Turbo bi-fuel version.
Comments on the Fiat TwinAir engine from members of the jury included "This is proof that aggressive downsizing need not spell timid performance. Surprisingly torquey, impressively and affordably efficient, this tiny twin also has plenty of character," said John Carey, Wheels.
"Four trophies in one year? A remarkable performance! TwinAir has written its place in the history of the International Engine of the Year Awards," said Dean Slavnich, Engine Technology International.
The awards were collected by Eng. Aldo Marangoni, Product Engineering Vice President and by Eng. Dario Sacco, Engines Platform Vice President.
"Today's success is the crowning moment of all our hard work in researching innovative technological solutions and designing increasingly efficient engines. Our engines contribute towards sustaining the leadership position of the Fiat S.p.A. group in the rankings of the most eco-friendly car manufacturers," declared the managers of Fiat Powertrain at the end of the award-giving ceremony.Published 19 May 2011