Honda once again is recognised as being amongst the best engine manufacturers in the world. For the fourth consecutive year the 2.0 litre Honda S2000 and 1.0 litre Insight IMA hybrid engines won their respective size categories.

For the previous three years, the title of 'Best Fuel Economy' has gone to the Insight engine. Last year it narrowly beat the Civic IMA engine. This year, the Civic IMA engine is proud to carry the torch onwards as the best fuel efficient engine on the market, easily beating the Toyota Prius’ engine and the Insight engine. The following three engines shortlisted in this category were all diese “The next step forward in bringing hybrid technology into the mainstream” and “Nobody has yet come up with a better option for the mid-term future of the automobile” l engines. Judges comments such asprove that Honda’s IMA system is the way of the future for fuel efficient passenger cars. Following its win last year, the Civic IMA once again wins the 1.0 to 1.4 litre category with nearly double the final score of votes than the second place PSA 1.4 litre diesel engine.

The Honda S2000 engine once again wins its size category, 1.8 to 2.0 litre and like the Civic IMA engine, leaves its main competitors behind in the scoring. Judges praised the Honda S2000 engine with quotes like “Honda’s S2000 is still my favourite for fantastic revs and specific output, which is one of the highest in the world” and “You’ve got to love any engine that willingly revs to 9,000 rpm!”

The International Engine of the Year Awards truly are the 'Oscars' of the engine world. Voted for by a panel of 50 leading motoring journalists from all over the world, the competing engines are awarded points based on their efficiency, refinement, environmental attributes, plus importantly, how they perform on the road.

This year’s awards were presented at the Messe Stuttgart in Germany on 4th June on occasion of the Engine Expo 2003. Honda is the only motor manufacturer exhibiting at the Engine Expo and this year is proud to show its alternatives to propulsion systems. Exhibits include, the fuel cell car, FCX, the new highly awaited 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, all-aluminium common rail turbo diesel engine, the Civic IMA car and engine, this year’s F1 engine and many more.

Published : 04/06/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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