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The winners of the International Engine of the Year 2008

We hear regularly talk laureates on the appointment of the Car of the year, usually awarded by automotive journalists from groupings of books, magazines and web dedies world automotive site.

By cons, we rarely hear of engines of the year. However, AC does exist, obviously less publicized, though easier to access via the various websites on the tanks. In Europe, this approach is much more robust, especially by a public that has always pay more attention to the choice of engine that propels the car coveted, while in America, it still puts the emphasis on style.

The International Engine of the Year saw the light in 1999 and is the result of collaboration sixty automotive journalists from thirty countries. Four of them represent Canada, including our colleague Marc Lachapelle, all sponsored by the Company UKIP Media & Events Automotive Magazines, the largest British Group, whose publications in matters engines and automotive-related technologies, are reference. It goes without saying that the latter is completely footloose vis-a-vis the various manufacturers, including all their parts suppliers.

This year to qualify the engine nominated must be under the hood of a passenger car on sale in at least one country and before May 8, 2008. Added to this are some specific requirements to the category, or a cylinder of the engine.

Among REFERRED categories, we find the main appointment is that of the International Engine of the Year, Best New Engine of the year, followed by the most ecological engine and the most powerful engine of the year. There are also eight other categories grouping different engines with respect to their cylinder.

Here are the winners for the year 2008

The International Engine of the Year

BMW 3.0-liter twin-turbo (306 hp)

Models: 135i, 335i, X6

Best new engine

BMW 2.0-liter turbo diesel, twin turbo (204 hp)

Models: 123D

Most ecological engine

Toyota 1.5-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive (110 hp)

Model: Prius

The most efficient engine

Porsche Turbo 3.6-liter (480 hp)

Models: 911 Turbo, 911 GT2

Engine cylinder 1.0 liter less

Toyota 1.0 liter (68 hp)

Models: Citroen C1, Peugeot 107

                 Subaru Justy, Toyota Aygo

                 Toyota Yaris

Engine cylinder 1.0 and 1.4 liter

Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Turbo / Compressor (140-170 hp)

Models: Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, Tiguan, Touran

Engine cylinder between 1.4 and 1.8 liter

BMW-PSA 1.6-liter Turbo (175 hp)

Models: Mini Cooper S, Mini Clubman S

                Peugeot 207 and 308

Engine cylinder between 1.8 and 2.0 liters

Volkswagen / Audi 2.0-liter Turbo FSI (200-265 hp)

Models: Audi A3, A4, A6, TT

                Seat Altea, Leon

                Skoda: Octavia

                Volkswagen Eos, Golf GTI, Jetta GLI

Engine cylinder between 2.0 and 2.5 liters

Subaru 2.5-liter Turbo (230 to 320 hp)

Models: Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

Engine cylinder between 2.5 and 3.0 liters

BMW 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo (306 hp)

Models: 135i, 335i, X6

Engine cylinder between 3.0 and 4.0 liters

BMW 4.0-liter V8 (420 hp)

Model: M3

Engine capacity exceeding 4.0 liters

BMW 5.0-liter V10 (507 hp)

Models: M5, M6

This selection of the best engines of 2008, we demonstrated whether it is a 1.0 liter engine only 68 horsepower, a 110 horsepower hybrid or a thundering V8 5.0 liter 507 bhp who issues that these can be found under the hood of vehicles rods in all market segments, and the motorist has never had such an interesting choice available to him and that no matter the size of its portfolio .

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