Toyota’s engineering prowess has once again been rewarded with wins in the Green Engine of the Year and Sub-1.0 Litre Engine of the Year categories at the 2010 International Engine of the Year Awards.
These two victories represent true international recognition, the engines having been tested and judged by a panel of 72 automotive journalists from 35 countries.
Toyota’s latest success reinforces the company’s impressive International Engine of the Year track record, with 22 wins (out of a total 144) since the awards began in 1999.
Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive regains its crown as Green Engine of the Year in 2010, winning the award for the fourth time in the last five years.
Summing up, the judges praised Toyota hybrids as: “The essence of mechanical, electric and electrical ingenuity in one affordable package” and “Still the best green technology available on the market — reliable and durable, with very low real life CO2 emissions.”
Toyota’s light and compact 1.0-litre VVT-i engine has won the Sub 1.0-Litre Engine of the Year category for the fourth year running. Featuring an all-aluminum construction, the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder gasoline engine weighs only 67 kg, Featured in the Aygo, iQ and Yaris sold in Europe, Toyota's 1.0-litre unit was acclaimed by the judges as “One of the most pleasant and frugal sub-1.0-litre triples that propels a four-seater and ... still the one to beat."