The only award program honoring engine excellence, WARD’S, announced this year finalists. The list symbolizes the auto industry’s swift movement toward downsized engines to attract consumers who now are making fuel efficiency a top priority.
Highlights: Two turbodiesels (one each from BMW AG and Volkswagen AG) and two hybrid-electric vehicles (from Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.) made this year’s list by achieving fuel economy of nearly 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) in the VW Jetta SportWagen TDI and up to 55 mpg (4.2 L/100 km) in the Toyota Prius in real-world driving.
This year’s winners and the applications tested:
— 2.0L TFSI Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Audi A4)
— 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S4)
— 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbodiesel (BMW 335d)
— 2.5L DOHC I-4 Hybrid (Ford Fusion Hybrid)
— 3.5L EcoBoost Turbocharged DOHC V-6 (Ford Taurus SHO)
— 2.4L Ecotec DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Equinox)
— 4.6L Tau DOHC V-8 (Hyundai Genesis)
— 2.5L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru Legacy 2.5GT)
— 1.8L DOHC I-4 Hybrid (Toyota Prius)
— 2.0L SOHC I-4 Turbodiesel (Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI)
Source: Penton Media