International award for Fiat TwinAir
The Fiat TwinAir engine has received four accolades at the International Engine of the Year 2011 competition.
The awards panel, consisting of 76 journalists from 36 different countries, not only awarded the TwinAir engine in its own displacement category, but gave the unit its top prize in naming it International Engine of the Year.
The TwinAir engine was also named the Best Green Engine 2011, and Best New Engine 2011 in an award Fiat won last year with its 1.4 litre MultiAir Turbo.
Currently installed in the Fiat 500 and 500C, the TwinAir is a petrol engine currently available in a turbo configuration which produces 85hp.
Fiat is planning to launch several other configurations for the unit, including a 65hp version, two high performance versions producing 105hp and 120hp respectively, and an ecological turbo unit that runs on bio-fuel and delivers 80hp.
The awards were collected by engineers Aldo Marangoni and Dario Sacco, who are also the managers of Fiat Powertrain, which provided the TwinAir engine.
They declared: “Today’s success is the crowning moment of all our hard work in researching innovative technological solutions and designing increasingly efficient engines.
“Our engines contribute towards sustaining the leadership position of the Fiat S.p.A. group in the rankings of the most eco-friendly car manufacturers."
The Fiat 500 is a small city car that has been production since 2007. A front-engined, front wheel drive supermini, it has won numerous awards since it release.
Examples include CAR magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ in 2007, European Car of the Year in 2008 and Auto Express ‘Best City Car’ in 2009. The 500C is a convertible version of the city car which was launched to the UK market in 2009.