Smallest and most fuel efficient member of the Ford EcoBoost engine family, the petite but potent 1.0-liter/3-cylinder introduced in the European Ford Fiesta, has been named "International Engine of the Year" for 2012 by a panel of 76 journalists from 35 countries around the world. This is the first time Ford has ever won the prestigious accolade in the 13 year history of the competition, and the baby EcoBoost did so by outpointing its closest rival by 28 percent and earning a higher total score than any other previous titlist.

"We set the bar incredibly high when we set out to design this engine," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president, Global Powertrain. "We wanted to deliver eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement - and all from a very small three-cylinder engine."

Currently available in Euro trim with output ratings of 98 and 123 horsepower, the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost also will be fitted to the new Ford C-MAX and B-MAX crossover models in Europe later this year. However, this feisty turbocharged three-banger also will come to America in 2013 with its first appearance most likely being under the hood of the 2014 Fiesta. While no U.S. mileage specs have been released, the baseline 1.0-Liter EcoBoost returns the equivalent of 49 mpg on the standard Euro cycle while the more potent version boasts a 47-mpg figure.

The judging criteria for International Engine of the Year includes consideration of the powerplant's drivability, performance, economy and refinement as well as the successful application of various advanced technologies. According to Ford, actual Fiesta customers are in strong agreement with the kudos from the professional evaluators. During the first month of its availability, nearly a quarter of Fiesta buyers opted for the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder.


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