The world’s best small engine, a twocylinder, won’t come to Australia
TWOcylinders have overcome decades of domination by bigcapacity performance engines to win one of the world’s prestige engineering accolades.
In taking a string of awards, including the peak International Engine of the Year 2011, Fiat’s tiny 875cc twocylinder also paved the way for Italy to end Germany’s longstanding domination.
Fitted in Europe to the 500 small car, it also was judged the best under-1.0-litre engine; best new engine for 2011; and best green engine. Its green category win was remarkable given it beat zero-emission electric engines from Nissan and Mitsubishi.
Fiat importer Ateco Automotive says there’s no chance’’ the 875cc version of the 500 will come to Australia.
It’s not price competitive in Australia,’’ says Ateco spokesman Edward Rowe.
It’s a hi-tech engine made to maximise fuel efficiency and lower emissions and, in doing that, gain significant tax advantages in Europe.
It’s an expensive engine to make, but the tax subsidies make buying and owning it a lot cheaper than the 1.4-litre version of the 500.
Australia isn’t looking at encouraging the purchase of low-emission cars, so the Twin Air and other cars from other manufacturers won’t be coming here.’’
European governments lower the tax on low-emission cars to encourage ownership.
Fiat company Ferrari helped wave the tricolour flag, winning the 2011 best performance engine and best engine above 4.0 litres for the 4.5-litre V8 fitted to the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Then it was Germany’s turn. Audi, BMWand Volkswagen took the remaining awards.
Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger, the engine of the year in 2009-10, still was judged the best in the 1.0-1.4-litre category. Sister company Audi took honours in the 2.0-2.5-litre category for its 2.5 turbo in the TTRS and RS3.
BMWtook the remaining awards in varied categories: for the 4.0-litre V8 in the M3; the 3.0-litre bi-turbo in the 135i, 335i, Z4 among others; the biturbo 2.0-litre diesel; and the Mini’s 1.6-litre turbo engine, shared with Peugeot.
The 13th International Engine of the Year Awards, presented in Stuttgart, were judged by 76 international motoring writers.
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