The stage is set for what is considered as one of the most prestigious awarding event for vehicle engines -- the “International Engine of the Year Awards.” A number of auto companies and engine makers are vying to be one of the 12 award winners. But there is no sweeter achievement than being awarded with the title of "international engine of the year" – an acclamation that focuses on green technology as gasoline, compressed natural gas (CNG), hybrid and all-electric engines try to outdo each other for ultimate accolade, which was grabbed by the Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in 2012.
Other awards for grabs include “best green engine,” “best new engine” and “best performance engine.” Votes are cast by journalists from around the world. Although organizers of the awards have yet to release a complete list of nominees, a statement from them indicated a few of the expected nominees like the CNG engines from Fiat and Volkswagen; the all-electric Model S power unit from, Tesla, and the 1.4-liter gasoline range extender used on the Chevrolet Volt from General Motors.
Also expect hybrid powertrains and cylinder deactivation technology to make the list of nominees. In the “best performance engine” category, primary contenders include supercar engines from Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche and Mercedes-AMG. A leading candidate for the accolade is the 6.3-liter V12 engine providing 729 hp in power to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, as built by Fiat Group.
The “best new engine” award, meanwhile, filled with strong contenders like the GM's new 6.2-liter V8 with direct fuel injection and cylinder cutoff technology, which will power the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra. “International Engine of the Year Awards” will be held on June 5, 2013 at Engine Expo 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany.