VW's 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger Engine Bags International Engine of the Year Award

Volkswagen's 1.4 TSI unit also wins Green Engine of the Year

It's a nifty little piece of work and now the International Engine of the Year Awards have recognized it. That body has bestowed upon Volkswagen's 1.4 liter TSI Twincharger it's greatest honor - Engine of the Year.

And there was more good news for the Wolfsburg-based automaker. The Twincharged 1.4 liter TSI won both the 1.0 to 1.4 liter engine category and the honor of the Green Engine of the Year, beating out the new hybrid power plants from Toyota and Honda.

Dean Slavnich, who co-chairs the awards and is editor of Engine Technology International, said of VW's 1.4 TSI Twincharger:

"It's a masterstroke of downsizing technology and a real engineering showcase. This engine will become the template for a whole new generation of high efficiency, small capacity engines in the years to come."

The 1.4 liter Twincharger is used across VW's range in models such as the Golf, Scirocco and Eos. The engine unit has also been put to work in the Seat Ibiza Cupra and will likely spread to other models of the VW Group's brands.

Other notable engines honored were Mercedes' AMG division's 6.2-liter V8, which won Performance Engine of the Year. BMW took the title for best engine in the 2.5 liter to 3.0 liter category with its 3.0 liter diesel unit. Its 4.0 liter V8 from the M3 also won the 3.0 to 4.0 liter category.

The 11th annual International Engine of the Year Award event was held at the Engine Expo 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany on the 17th of June. The panel of judges consisted of 65 automotive journalists from all over the world.

Source: ukipme.com
  • VW 1.4-litre wins overall International Engine of the Year award as well as being voted the Green Engine of the Year
  • German powertrain engineering dominates, winning 11 of the 12 available awards

Volkswagen has secured overall honours at the 2009 International Engine of the Year Awards, winning the accolade for the first time in the company’s history with its diminutive yet powerful 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine. The unit is offered across much of the VW model range, including the Golf, Scirocco and Eos, and is used to good effect by Seat in the Ibiza Cupra. The turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre also won the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category and was voted Green Engine of the Year, beating both Toyota’s and Honda’s new electric-hybrid powerplants.

Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, said: “The international judging panel is hugely impressed by this VW engine. It’s a masterstroke of downsizing technology and a real engineering showcase. I have no doubt that this engine will become the template for a whole new generation of high efficiency, small capacity engines in the years to come.”

Although losing out on the top award this year, BMW once again secured success at the Awards with its mighty ‘M Power’ 4-litre V8 topping the 3-litre to 4-litre category and its 3-litre DI Twin Turbo judged to be the best 2.5-litre to 3-litre engine. The Munich giant also shared a third category win with PSA for their 1.6-litre Turbo engine in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre category, an outstanding product generated by the two companies’ joint powertrain development venture.

Also worthy of mention is Mercedes-Benz, which successfully took three category wins. Its 2.1-litre diesel won the 2-litre to 2.5-litre category and its powerhouse, AMG-developed, 6.2-litre V8 won the Above 4-litre category, with the same unit also judged to be the Performance Engine of the Year.

The Awards, which are judged by 65 motoring journalists from 32 countries across four continents, also rewarded a variety of other manufacturers for engine excellence in a number of different categories. Toyota won the Sub 1-litre category with its 998cc, three-cylinder engine; Audi was rewarded for its 2-litre, four-cylinder TFSI engine in the 1.8-litre to 2-litre category; and Porsche’s 3.8-litre flat-six was voted New Engine of the Year.  

The 11th annual International Engine of the Year Award ceremony took place at Engine Expo 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany on 17 June. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 12 Awards given to those manufacturers who have been judged to have achieved excellence in their powertrain engineering.

International Engine of the Year Awards 2009 Winners

Best New Engine of 2009     
Porsche 3.8-litre flat-six (911)

Green Engine of the Year
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta)

Performance Engine of the Year   
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)                                                   

Sub 1-litre
Toyota 1-litre (Aygo, Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1, Subaru Justy)

1-litre to 1.4-litre
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Eos, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan, Jetta, Seat Ibiza Cupra)

1.4-litre to 1.8-litre
BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (MINI Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308)              

1.8-litre to 2-litre
Audi 2-litre TFSI (A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTi)

2-litre to 2.5-litre        
Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEffieciency C-Class, BlueEffieciency E-Class)   

2.5-litre to 3-litre
BMW 3-litre DI Twin-Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 730)

3-litre to 4-litre
BMW 4-litre V8 (M3)                                                           

Above 4-litre
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)                           

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Comments (21)

ketan ketan
its nice to see very small engine wins the rase...
Nov 7th, 2009 3:08pm
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fusion01 fusion01
Many years ago when this engine launched I thought it would be incredible. Looking into the power output and emissions, it wasn't all that far off my 2.0 litre FSI turbo, 5-10% fuel savings (7.4 l vs 8.0 l per 100 km) while providing quite a lot less power. Emissions weren't all that much lower either. Certainly wasn't quite what I was expecting. Clever technology when within a warranty period, but both a super- and turbo-chargr when out of it? Hmmm.... and with the emissions as they stand, this engine cannot in my mind win the 'green engine of the year' award when they stand @ 144g per km... hardly fantastic.
Jun 22nd, 2009 3:14am
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danteskov danteskov
German engineering is simply flawless!! Keep up the good work VW, I'll be looking forward for the Seat Bocanegra! :D
Jun 20th, 2009 2:07am
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fujiturbo fujiturbo
I could be wrong, but i think VW have tried every type of engine. from Horizontal, Straight, V Arrange, W Arange...What about Radial?? Any VW combat fighters? And i think if it weren't for VW Brazilians and Mexicans might still be driving scooters. HAHAHA, [weezychest] you must've been late for the Engine Award event, perhaps too many hills to climb' eh? Good i like your idea. But get a replacement engine ready.
Jun 19th, 2009 11:12pm
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WildMaverick1200 WildMaverick1200
So there ya go, screw Priuses, get one of these instead.
Jun 19th, 2009 2:36am
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weezychest weezychest
Engine of the year. They aint seen my 2 stroke scooters engine. Its going to be running nos soon, and not for performance purposes but too enable me to get up a hill doing more than 60km/h
Jun 19th, 2009 12:15am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
that's because you didn't show them your engine , duh !
Jun 19th, 2009 1:56am
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norther norther
i think this is.... no, i am sure; i am sure this is the first and only time when i see a clear video/picture, + explination of the twinchraging crap. and i finally see where and how they positioned the supercharger. finally i can die in peace now. apar from the vw eninge. get this.. "Other notable engines honored were Mercedes' AMG division's 6.2-liter V8, which won Performance Engine of the Year". how performant can that be? was it the engine from the C class amg, 6.2 460 bhp. i think the most retarded engine from.... not only from MB, but from the germaaannnss. im sorry if i commit blasphemy now, but form the AMG division, i think ive seen the worst "performance engines". 6.2 and 460 bhp, 5.5 supercharged 467 bhp.... etc. these are clearly american numbers.
Jun 18th, 2009 8:05pm
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samsemtex samsemtex
Maybe do your research a bit better chum, the C63 engine only produces 451bhp in the C63. It produces 517bhp in the e-class and according to AMG engineers there is plenty more in it. Why would they unleash all the power now when they clearly plan on using the engine for a few years to come yet? Not to mention the fact that you are ignoring it's phenomenal torque figures and relatively good fuel economy.
Jun 19th, 2009 12:54am
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samsemtex samsemtex
And yeah, im sure you know way better than every journalist (in particular the english ones) who have raved about this engine since it came out. Its a work of art and you clearly have never driven a 63 AMG.
Jun 19th, 2009 12:56am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
norther, i guess you are very young so i will explain it for you : every engine has it's purpose, some engines give a lot of HP/liter but are low on Torque, others give a relative small amount of HP/liter but a lot of Torque. the 6.2l AMG 63 is a very versatile engine that can be used for high HP, high Torque and both high HP+high Torque, depending on the car you are using it in. FYI Jeremy Clarkson sold his Gallardo Spyder to buy an CLK 63 AMG Black Series, that has to tell you something about that engine.
Jun 19th, 2009 1:50am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
btw, norther, the "twinchraging crap" isn't something new, it was used in airplanes since the 1930's and in cars since the 1980's.
Jun 19th, 2009 2:01am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
@ samsemtex , don't forget the SLS AMG, it will have the 6,2l engine with 571 HP and 650 NM torque
Jun 19th, 2009 2:48am
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effington effington
very interesting how they state "The panel of judges consisted of 65 automotive journalists from all over the world." yet the event is held in Germany and German company's won all the awards... not to say that they dont have the greatest engines. they probably do... but history does make it seem that it is quintessentially German to toot your own horn! haha
Jun 18th, 2009 7:10pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
yeah , it's easy to hate the Germans for whatever reason , but what about when the German judges gave the engine of the year award to Subaru ? ..oh, wait, the Japs are their allies, right ?
Jun 19th, 2009 1:55am
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
twincharger.... turbocharger+supercharger??? am i right? that's what i saw in the video haha
Jun 18th, 2009 6:28am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
you are right.
Jun 18th, 2009 9:55am
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2morrow 2morrow
Good Job VW. no matter what though, your cars are mexican/brazilizn trash.
Jun 18th, 2009 6:20am
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boxster127 boxster127
Except the ones that are not, i.e., Touareg, Tiguan, GTI, Passat, Eos, Scirocco, and of course the beautiful Phaeton.
Jun 18th, 2009 7:23am
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Max_Speed Max_Speed
Fail ! The only vws made in mexico and brazil are the ones made for North and South America with some excetions (GTI and R32).
Jun 18th, 2009 8:02am
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rsrtampa rsrtampa
2morrow - I dont think you know what you're talking about here. I do agree that the VW's made in those countries seem to not be as reliable but to classify them or any other VW as trash is wrong.
Jun 18th, 2009 11:31pm
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