Two Honda engines have achieved the unique feat of winning awards every year for which the International Engine of the Year Awards have been held. 2004 is the fifth consecutive year that the 2.0 litre Honda S2000 and 1.0 litre Insight IMA engines win their respective size categories. – while the IMA system found in the Civic picks up the award in the 1.0 to 1.4 litre category for the third year in a row.
This is the 9th award for the 1.0 litre Insight IMA engine which makes it the most successful engine since the awards started. With nearly twice as many points as the second placed engine in this category, judges continue to give this engine the utmost praise with quotes like "…sophisticated engineering shines out…" and "…smart, high tech engine with stellar economy."
The Honda S2000 2.0 litre engine continues to outperform all of its class competitors and words like immortal, absolute legend and phenomenal specific output are used by the judges to describe this engine.
Ever since the IMA system has been incorporated into the roomy Civic 4 door, the overall package continues to dominate its class of 1.0 to 1.4 litre engines. Since its launch in 2002, over 40,000 Civic IMA have been sold globally.
Honda is once again recognised as being amongst the best engine manufacturers in the world winning 19 out of 72 possible awards in the 6 year history of this annual ceremony. The judges are made up of 56 leading motoring journalists from 24 different countries. Engines are awarded points based on their characteristics of fuel economy, noise, smoothness, performance and driveability.Published 26 May 2004