Ford’s tiny 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-banger named ‘International Engine of the Year’ – for second year in a row

Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost

For 15 years in a row now, a group of judges come together and name the best engines in the world. For the second time in a row, the Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine (above) takes the cake.

Though we’ve not yet driven it, we figure the peppy little engine is pretty good. After all, in Europe it’s offered in nearly ever Ford product, including Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C MAX, Grand C MAX, Transit Connect, Transit Courier, Tourneo Connect, Tourneo Courier, Mondeo, and EcoSport.

Ford has announced it will be upping the production of the engine in its Cologne, Germany production plant. Coming to North America later this year, the three-cylinder will be offered in the Fiesta.

Prizes are also awarded to the best Green Engine and the best Performance Engine. The General Motors 1.4-liter range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera) took home the Green prize while the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia) won for Performance.

Amusingly, Fiat put out a press release saying it had won Green Engine of the year for its methane-powered TwinAir Turbo but quickly retracted the statement, as it hadn’t actually won. Maybe next year.