BMW recently won the International Engine of the Year Award in the 1.4 – 1.8 liter division for their turbocharged, 1-6-liter engine featured in MINI S-model performance vehicles.
The International Engine of the Year Award is presented to 8 different engine-capacity classes, with additional award honors presented to the “Green Engine of the Year,” “Best Performance Engine,” “Best New Engine,” and “International Engine of the Year 2011.” Winners are chosen by an extensive panel of 76 motoring journalists, from over 30 different countries worldwide. Engine evaluation is largely subjective, with panelists using their extensive knowledge and experience to score each vehicle. Specific criteria such as smoothness, performance, fuel economy and engine noise are considered in scoring.
Judges were most impressed by BMW’s combination of performance and fuel economy. “It’s the energetic heart of one of the world’s friskiest and most fun-loving cars,” noted panelist Frank Markus from Motor Trend magazine.
BMW edged tough competition from Alfa Romeo, Toyota and Audi to take top honors for the 5th year in a row.
For more information on the International Engine of the Year Awards please visit their website.
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