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2009-06-17 15:40
Volkswagen's 1.4 TSI Twincharger engine has been adjudged the world's best engine in the international engine of the year contest that saw German engines dominate 11 of the 12 categories.

The engine, which uses a mix of turbocharger and supercharger technology, is currently available in South Africa in the Tiguan, Scirocco and Golf 6 ranges.

The unit also beat Toyota and Honda's new petrol-electric hybrid powerplants to be rated the Green Engine of the Year, and it was awarded merits for being the best engine in the 1.0- to 1.4-litre capacity.

Porsche's 3.8-litre flat-six engine was voted the best New Engine of the Year for 2009, while the 6.2-litre V8 powering Mercedes-Benz's  AMG models was voted the Performance Engine of the Year.

The awards were judged by 65 motoring journalists from 32 countries (including two from South Africa) who rated the engines on driveability, performance, economy and refinement. Manufacturers were also rewarded for their successful application of advanced engine technology.

Overall winners:

International Engine of the Year 2009
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Tiguan, Scirocco)

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

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

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

Category winners:

Sub 1.0-litre
Toyota 1-litre (Yaris, Peugeot 107, Citroën C1)                             

1.0-litre to 1.4-litre
Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Golf, Tiguan, Scirocco)

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

1.8-litre to 2.0-litre
Audi 2-litre TFSI (A4, Q5, VW Scirocco, VW Golf GTI)

2.0-litre to 2.5-litre         
Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre (BlueEfficiency C-Class, BlueEfficiency E-Class - not yet available in South Africa)   

2.5-litre to 3.0-litre
BMW 3-litre DI Twin-Turbo (1 Series, 3 Series, X6, Z4, 730)

3.0-litre to 4.0-litre
BMW 4-litre V8 (M3)                                                            

Above 4.0-litre
Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)   



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