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VW tech scores another 'Engine of Year'

2014-06-30 08:21

ANOTHER WIN: Volkswagen has bagged another International Engine of the Year award in 2014 for its TSI egine. Image: Volkswagen

WOLFSBURG, Germany - TSI technology from Volkswagen has once again won an 'International Engine of the Year Award': the 1.4 litre TSI twincharger. It has won for the ninth time in succession in the one to 1.4-litre cubic capacity category and is thus the most successful engine in the history of this international competition for engine technology.

The TSI brand has for several years stood for intelligent downsizing from VW. Despite their comparatively small cubic capacity the TSI engines produce power that until recently only considerably larger engines could generate.

The TSI engine is currently available in various sizes and in varying states of tune from 66kW to 221kW. The first, in 2006, was the twincharger – now again an award winner – which thanks to an additional turbocharger and mechanical compressor has especially high torque and is very efficient.

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The TSI twincharger is available from 103kW to 125kW and continues to be offered in a number of models: Beetle, Jetta, Eos, Golf Cabriolet, Touran, Tiguan, Passat and Sharan.

However, the downsizing is not yet finished: the latest addition to the TSI family is the three-cylinder, one-litre unit that delivers 66kW in the new Polo TSI BlueMotion. This direct injection turbo engine will have its debut in the second half of 2014 with the promise of 4.1 litres/100km and a CO2 emissions figure of 94g/km.

Its predecessor, delivering the same power, used 4.9 litres/100km (113g/km of CO2).

Volkswagen has since 2013 also been offering a technology that enables an additional reduction in fuel consumption by temporarily disengaging the second and third cylinders.

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The award for the 1.4 TSI was presented on June 25 2014 in Stuttgart to Carsten Helbing of the VW petrol engine development division. He said at the presentation: "Our successful TSI engines have for years been impressively demonstrating that the combination of cubic capacity reduction, direct injection and intelligent charging produces great dynamic performance while delivering low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption."

The International Engine of the Year Award is a competition held annually since 1999 in which more than 80 motoring journalists from all over the world give awards to the best engines in a range of different categories.

Factors incorporated into the assessment via a special points system include the journalists' personal driving experience, fuel efficiency, engine noise and power output. - Newspress
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