Fiat scoops Technobest award for TwinAir powertrains
Fiat has been awarded the Technobest award for the second year running for its TwinAir two-cylinder drivetrain line-up.
One of the TwinAir engines – the 85bhp turbocharged variation – is soon to be featured in the Fiat 500 city car and when mated to the MTA Dualogic gearbox, will emit just 92g/km. This will make it the lowest-emitting petrol car available, according to Fiat.
The TwinAir engine range also includes naturally aspirated and bi-fuel CNG versions, with power ratings between 65 and 105bhp. All TwinAir drivetrains are a mere 875cc in capacity as a result of Fiat’s downsizing strategy.
The jury recognised this, as well as the ‘cutting edge technology’, such as the electro-hydraulic control of the inlet valves (MultiAir) and the timing chain that doesn’t require maintenance.
The result of this downsizing ethos and advancements in technology is an engine that is able to ‘achieve outstanding fuel efficiency and minimal [fuel] consumption'.
The 2010 Technobest prize was awarded to the Italian company by the independent Autobest jury, which comprises 15 journalists from a number of European countries representing around 300 million people.
The Fiat 500 is available now from £8,887.