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Blue Oval’s pint-sized three-pot wins big.

The Ford 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine has been hailed at this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards in Stuttgart, Germany, for the fifth straight year.

Voted by 65 automotive journalists from 31 countries, the small but feisty three-cylinder won the ‘Best Engine under 1.0-litre’ category, ahead of 32 other engine potentials.

The Ford 1.0-litre powers 11 European models including Fiesta, Focus, EcoSport, Mondeo, Tourneo and Transit, plus Euro-only models B-Max, C-Max and Grand C-Max. Nearly half of all Fiesta sales in the UK are EcoBoost 1.0-litre engines and one-in-three (over 105,000) Fords sold in 2015 in Britain contained the low-friction engine, praised for its impressive performance, drivability,  technology balanced with its economy and refinement.

In 2012 the same powerplant won ‘Best New Engine’, and was the first engine to be named International Engine of the Year three years in a row in 2014. The same EcoBoost technology is being included in Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue Transit diesel engine, offering a claimed 13% increase in fuel efficiency with 20% more torque lower-down the rev range.

Joe Bakaj, Ford Europe’s VP of Product Development said, “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost was a game-changer, and despite others following our lead, it remains the undisputed benchmark in its class five years on.” He said there’s more to come from Ford’s small-but-mighty engine development. “The spirit of innovation continues to drive us as we look to use the same smart thinking for a new breed of efficient, clean and powerful done-sized diesel engines,’ Bajak said.

1.0-litre EcoBoost accounted for one in five vehicles sold in Europe in 2015