Green Power for International Engine of the Year

More than 60 new engines have entered the race for 2009 International Engine of the Year, a title which has gone to BMW for the past four years running. Hybrid engines from the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight have won in the past, and with new incarnations on the market this year, one of them may win again. Diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz and Renault are on the slate, along with non-green engines like BMW’s V8 in the 750i and Jaguar’s 5-liter V8.

The overall winner will be chosen by an international panel of 65 auto journalists (alas, I was not invited). There are also categories divided up by engine size, along with Best New Engine, Green Engine, and Performance Engine. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive engine has taken the Green Car (formerly Fuel Economy) prize every year since 2004, when it wrested the title away from Honda.

This year’s winners will be announced in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Engine Expo, held June 16-18.

Photo by Kristen Hall-Geisler.

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  1. Tuan Nguyen’s avatar

    I go for Toyota Prius. It’s fue-efficient. That’s all.

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  3. João Prates’s avatar

    The results for this year Engine of the Year Awards should be subjected to severe auditing from independent sources.

    I will only name 1 category where the results are simply outrageous to an extent far beyond comprehension: The Green Engine award.

    The jury had several cars to choose from, and two nominees were the VW TSI and the new Prius 3G (3rd generation).


    The VW with 174 hp, 6.2 L/100 km and 144 g/km CO2;
    The Toyota with 136 hp, 3.9 L/100 km and 89 g/km CO2

    The jury says the car which has:

    +30% horsepower, 63% more fuel consumption, 62% more CO2 emissions

    is the greenest car… yeah… right… is this for real!?!?!

    The general public demands a general inquiry to this Jury votes right now!

    This is a shameful representation of how strong lobbies can go.
    I feel sick to the stomach reading this years awards.

    Shame on the jury.