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BMW whitewashes EOTY
BMW scoopes the 2007 Engine of the Year awards, which finally recognised Porsche
15 May 2007
By TERRY MARTIN
BMW has won the 2007 International Engine of the Year award with its 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six petrol engine.
Now used across the 3 Series range, the engine was also named "Best New Engine of the Year" and winner of the 2.5-3.0-litre displacement class.
Not finished there, the German marque claimed further awards with its 5.0-litre V10 petrol engine (best performance engine, and the over-4.0 class) and with its 2.0-litre straight-six petrol engine (2.0-2.5 class).
The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine BMW co-developed with PSA Peugeot-Citroen for use in the new Mini (and Peugeot and Citroen cars) also took out the 1.4-1.8 class.
Other gongs were handed out for Toyota's 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine (best fuel economy), Volkswagen's 1.4-litre TSI "Twincharger" (1.0-1.4 class), VW/Audi's 2.0-litre FSI turbo (1.8-2.0 class), and Porsche's 3.6-litre turbo flat six (3.0-4.0 class).
Incredibly, this was the first time Porsche had won an International Engine of the Year award.
Toyota also took a trophy home for the sub-1.0 class with its 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine used in the Aygo and Yaris as well as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107.
Now in its ninth year, the so-called "Engine Oscars" are independently judged by more than 60 motoring journalists representing 30 countries, including Australia.
This year's awards were presented at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, last week.
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