The South Korean based automaker Kia has recently won the 2012 Engine of the Year award thanks to its 1.6 petrol unit.

While Europeans and Asians are busy giving cars with the “classic” Car of the Year award, the North American automotive market is obviously stranger and it’s giving the South Korean based automaker Kia the 2012 Engine of the Year Award, thanks to the 1.6 liter petrol unit. According to the car manufacturer, the engine that “won” the award has a 1.6 liter displacement and it has an inline four-cylinder layout, offering a great report in fuel consumption and performance.

The 1.6 liter four-cylinder direct injection engine made by Kia is developing a total output of 139 horsepower and it was developed out of older 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter units which used to power the Kia Cee’d and the Hyundai i30. Despite its main competition constantly upgraded its engine lineup, downsizing its units and fitting them with turbochargers, the South Korean based automaker Kia has remained faithful to naturally aspirated engines this whole time and thanks to the chain distribution, which was constantly used until a few years ago on most models, its vehicles can do over 200.000 kilometers without having major problems.


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