Ford EcoBoost Won The International Engine and Powertrain 2019 Award In The Category Up To 150HP
A 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost turbo engine won the “International Engine and Powertrain 2019” award in the category up to 150hp. This is its eleventh victory.
At the “International Engine and Powertrain of the Year” (IEPOTY), the 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine has been awarded in the category up to 150 hp.
This compact motor is installed on a quarter of Ford models sold last year, including the Focus, Fiesta and the Transit Connect.
To improve fuel economy, the company recently equipped the unit with a cylinder shutdown system which is the first in the world for a 3-cylinder engine. Ford refined the EcoBoost technology: cylinder heads, a fuel injection system and a modified exhaust gas monitoring system have been improved.
1.6 million 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines are already used on the roads. This year, new models with more efficient electrified powertrains based on this motor will go on the highways.
It is about the plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford Transit Custom, Tourneo Custom, Focus, Fiesta models which will receive a 48-Volt mild hybrid technology using a belt-driven integrated starter generator.
The Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter gasoline engine scored 145 points from a jury of 70 judges from 31 countries, 26 points ahead of its nearest rival. It competed with BMW, PSA Group, Toyota / Lexus and Volkswagen.
The full list of this engine awards at the IEPOTY is as follows:
- absolute winner of 2012, 2013 and 2014;
- best new engine 2012;
- best engine in the category up to 1.0 liter: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017;
- winner in the category up to 150hp: 2019.
Jaguar I-Pace Won The International Engine + Powertrain Of The Year 2019: Awards In Three Categories
The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has won three awards at the prestigious “International Engine + Powertrain of the Year 2019”, namely the ”Best Electric Powertrain”, “Best New Engine” and “Power from 350 to 450 hp” categories.
The first electric SUV from Jaguar has been awarded at the “International Engine + Powertrain of the Year 2019”. It can boast the victories in three nominations.
The winners were announced at an ad hoc exhibition in Stuttgart. The jury consisted of 70 experts from 31 countries. They assessed performance, engine power and efficiency of the vehicles.
Jan Hoban, JLR’s director of the model range told they wanted to create the world’s best electric crossover with zero emissions. For this the maker used an electric powertrain providing perfect performance and range with a first-class response, flexibility and ease of use in daily operation.
Up-to-date powertrain and technologies
Two light compact and efficient motors output 400hp. The torque is 513lb-ft (696Nm). The 90kWh lithium-ion battery enables a range of up to 292 miles (470km).
The car can be recharged to 80% in 45 minutes at public stations. A partial charge of 15 minutes is enough for 62 miles (100km), when a 100kW DC charging point is used.
A battery pre-preparation system helps optimize the driving range. During charging, the Jaguar I-Pace automatically increases or lowers the battery temperature in order to enlarge the range before a trip.
Integration of the engines with the front and rear axles provides all-wheel drive grip and control of the vehicle in all conditions, as wells as a high level of regenerative braking for more intuitive handling by means of one pedal.
The Jaguar I-Pace has won 66 international awards since its launch a year ago, including the World Car of the Year 2019, World Car Design of the Year 2019, World Green Car 2019, European Car of Year and the Car of the Year in Norway, Germany and Great Britain.
Skoda Has Shown Its First Series Electric Car – Mini Citigo-e iV
Skoda has made the official debut of its first EV – the Skoda Citigo-e iV whose driving range is one of the best in class.
The first production electric car of the Czech brand, the Citigo e-iV, has been presented at the World Hockey Championship taking place these days in Slovakia and sponsored by Skoda.
The fact that a city car is the basis for Skoda’s first green vehicle has long been known. The Citigo design and platform made it possible to place an electric transmission without exta costs for development and production.
The Skoda Citigo-e iV will be put on the conveyor this fall. After two or three months, the electric car will go to the dealer network.
Encouraging driving range
The automaker is still stingy with the technical information. True, earlier, the Skoda’s Head of global sales and marketing, Alain Favey, told Auto Express that the Citigo electric range would be about 186 miles (300km). Given the average urban European travels 75-93 miles (120-150km) by car, this is a good figure.
Moreover, the Citigo-e iV, thanks to a new battery, goes much farther on a single charge than the Volkswagen e-up! However, the latter will soon receive a version with this battery too.
Alternative to the Renault ZOE
The Skoda Citigo-e iV prices have not been announced yet. It will be the priciest version in the Citigo lineup. In terms of comparison with other electric vehicles, the new car may be a cheaper alternative to its main rival – the Renault ZOE. We’ll see.
We would not compare the Czech EV with the Nissan Leaf or the Hyundai Ioniq Electric as they belong to different classes, albeit the Citigo-e iV driving range is longer.
The design of the new Citigo-e differs from the exterior of the base gasoline model only by its electric attributes: a muffled ‘non-radiator’ grille, a socket instead of a fuel cap, special wheels to reduce rolling friction and a new front bumper.
Citigo-e iV prospects
It is clear the first electric Skoda focuses on the European market. The gasoline Citigo, by the way, is well bought in the UK.
Although the price is still unknown, we can suggest now that the model continues to form a certain budget category of electric cars and will be cheaper than the Renault ZOE and the Volkswagen e-up! The series Honda e will debut soon, which is also aimed at the mass car market.
Audi 2.0 TFSI Engine Won The “International Engine Of The Year”: It Recognized The Best In Class
Audi engines with TFSI technology have been awarded for the fifteenth time. This year a 2.0 TFSI won the Grand Prix in its category at the “International Engine of the Year”, Audi AG officially reports.
The jury of the most prestigious competition for engines in the world highly appreciated Audi’s 2.0 TFSI. The four-cylinder unit was called “one of the most flexible and versatile engines ever to be developed – in short, it can do it all.”
Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Member of the Board of Management of Audi AG for Technical Development, highlighted the universality of the winning motor. He said:
We are delighted to receive this award, because it acknowledges the versatility of the 2.0 TFSI. We use it not only as a pure gasoline engine, but also as a plug-in hybrid drive and for operation with natural gas or Audi e-gas.
Herr Rothenpieler is particularly proud of the success of TFSI technology. He recalled that the first TFSI hit the market in 2004. Since then, the company has achieved victory with a TFSI every year in the appropriate class.
14 years of the TFSI success
In the period from 2005 to 2009, Audi won the two-liter category with the 2.0 TFSI, and between 2010 and 2018 the company constantly won the larger class with a 2.5-cylinder TFSI. Now the 2.0-liter motor has won again.
The TFSI abbreviation means turbocharging and direct injection. Audi was the first automaker in the world to begin mass production of such combined technology engines in 2004.
What is good for the 2.0 TFSI?
In its latest version, the four-cylinder engine is a special efficiency technology, namely, the B-cycle combustion process specially designed for part-load, which is the predominant mode of operation.
With a moderate driving style, the 2.0 TFSI achieves low-volume engine efficiency by offering the dynamics of a large motor.
One of Audi’s main engines
Today, the 2.0 TFSI is applied on Audi models from 10 lineups. Its power reaches 245hp. The motor is part of the hybrid powertrain of the new Audi Q5 crossover, and is also used in the g-tron natural gas models (CNG) or the original Audi e-gas.
Goaded by Dieselgate and under constraint of governments, car makers are giving up diesel engines in their model line-ups. Across 2018 so far, diesel-powered vehicles amount less than a third of all registrations, while 3 years ago this was almost half.
See below the list of 2018’ diesel models axed from companies’ line-ups due to switch to other fuel sources:
- Fiat 500X,
- Honda CR-V,
- Kia Rio,
- Kia Venga,
- Porsche Macan,
- Porsche Paramera,
- Seat Toledo,
- Skoda Fabia,
- Toyota Avensis (its replacement – Camry),
- Toyota RAV4,
- Toyota Verso,
- Vauxhall Corsa.
Suzuki and Subaru also revised their model range for the European market: no diesel motors offered any more.
Volvo will not introduce diesel versions after the V60 launch, so all cars from the S60 onwards will be petrol, electric or plug-in hybrid only.
Upper picture: Kia Venga
Kia expands the Ceed line-up with a shooting brake to be unveiled on September 13, 2018 before its public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Based on the 2017 Kia Proceed Concept, the new car will inherit the Proceed name previously used just for a hot version of the old three-door model.
Offered only for Europe, the 2019 Kia Proceed will be a five-door variant of the latest Ceed (pictured above), with some style elements from the Ceed Sportswagon.
The new Proceed will arrive with the GT hot model. Its motor range will likely include upgraded versions of petrol and diesel engines taken from a regular Ceed: a turbo 1.0-liter 120-hp, a 1.4-liter 140-hp and a more basic 1.4-litre 99-hp.
A tuned variant of a 1.6-litre 203-hp turbocharged motor is also possible.
A SUV to sit between the Kia Stonic and Sportage may join the Ceed line-up in 2019.
Source: Auto Exress
More than 10,000 drivers are involved in Ford models testing. Only 20 of them have the status of test drivers of the highest Level 4. The Mustang Shelby FP350S racing supercar is used to prepare elite test pilots.
Before to hang over the Ford Mustang Shelby FP350S to factory test drivers, it was equipped with a second instructor’s seat and a 50-channel data acquisition unit.
The angle of the steering wheel rotation, the pressure in the braking system and the time when the foot is moved from the gas pedal to brakes – all these data help instructors develop individual recommendations for test pilots.
The Mustang Shelby FP350S is developed by Ford Performance division for the Trans-Am, NASA and other North American races. Presented in 2017, this muscle car is not intended for public roads.
Under the hood there is a 5.2-liter V8 engine with 520 hp combined with a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen differential.
The FP350S in the USA and Canada can be ordered from any Ford dealership at the price of around $115,000.
Drivers ranked as fourth-level test pilots apply racing driving skills to explore Ford Performance sports cars potential.
Along with the fact it’s especially important for the average buyer of any Ford model, test pilots then share their experience with engineers of other divisions, and their skills help to “feel” the vehicle’s settings better when refining mass models.
Toyota will abandon the Auris wagon and hatchback. From 2019 the popular name ‘Corolla’ will be returned to both cars.
The name ‘Aurus’ used since 2006 will be discontinued. Toyota intends to build next generations of a sedan, a wagon and a hatchback on the same TNGA platform, so all three will be called alike – the Toyota Corolla.
Previously, the vehicles of different bodystyles were put on different platforms and reasonably had different names.
The revival of the Corolla hatchback and wagon will start in 2019, when the Japanese car maker introduces new generations of these cars.
The Corolla’s American version has already been presented at the auto show early this year.
Toyota Motor Europe’s CEO Johan van Zyl explained the return to the famous name by transition to a single architecture and a new philosophy for the C-class models.
The European version of the Toyota Corolla (both hatch and wagon) is expected to debut in October 2018 at the Paris Motor Show.
Picture: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback