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 Date: June 02, 2005 04:10
 Submitted by:  danielgr
 Source: Honda Press
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2005 sees the 1.0 liter Insight IMA engine and the 2.2 i-CTDi win their respective size categories.

UNITED KINGDOM, June 1, 2005 - The 1.0 liter Insight IMA engine and the 2.2 i-CTDi won their respective size categories in the International Engine of the Year Awards 2005, presented by UKIP Media and Events Automotive Magazines. This is the 10th award for the 1.0 liter Insight IMA engine, which continues to make it the most successful engine since the awards started seven years ago. Judges give this engine the utmost praise with quotes like “Still the one they have to catch in the economy stakes.” Its clean sweep of the sub 1-liter category for six straight years in itself is a testament to the superior efficiency of this hybrid powertrain.
 

 



For the first time, the Honda diesel engine, 2.2 i-CTDi (found in the Accord saloon and Tourer, the CR-V and now the FR-V) has won its category award, 2.0 – 2.5 liter. The engine, which is the first ever Honda diesel, is recognized as being one of the most all round fuel efficient and silent diesel engines found on the market today. “Power, economy, sound – everything puts this diesel at the top of four-cylinder engines” are some words that the International Jury have used in describing this engine.

Honda is once again recognized as being amongst the best engine manufacturers in the world, winning 21 out of 84 possible awards in the seven year history of this annual ceremony. The judges are made up of 56 leading motoring journalists from 26 different countries. Engines are awarded points based on their characteristics of fuel economy, noise, smoothness, performance and driveability.

 
Award 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Best Fuel Economy Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
Civic
IMA 1.3
Sub 1-liter Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
Insight
IMA 1.0
1.0 – 1.4 liter Civic
IMA 1.3
Civic
IMA 1.3
Civic
IMA 1.3
1.4 – 1.8 liter Accord
1.8
1.8 – 2.0 liter Honda
S2000 2.0
Honda
S2000 2.0
Honda
S2000 2.0
Honda
S2000 2.0
Honda
S2000 2.0
2.0 – 2.5 liter Honda
2.2 i-CTDi
Engine of the Year Insight
IMA 1.0

Judges Quotes
 
Sub 1-liter: Honda Hybrid 1-liter IMA (Insight (68bhp))
  “The company has shown determination to win the mileage championship with this unique powertrain”
Jack Yamaguchi, Freelance

“The Honda IMA gets top points for its hybrid technology”
Arturo de Andrés, Automóvil

“Still the one they have to catch in the economy stakes”
Padraic Deane, Automotive Publications and Motorshow Car Buyers Guide

“Still damn impressive fuel economy in a very driveable and even kind of fun package.”
Van Tune, ESPN Road Trip

 
2-liter to 2.5-liter: Honda Diesel 2.2 i-CTDi (Accord, CR-V, FR-V (140bhp))
  “Driving it was a sensible experience, free of drama, full of practical tendencies and fresh technology”
Matt Davis, Freelance

“Power, economy, sound – everything puts this diesel at the top of four-cylinder engines.”
Tomaz Porekar, Avto Foto Market

“Smooth, powerful, torquey and economical – in every way a Honda.”
Jack Yamaguchi, Freelance

“The Japanese aren’t famed for their love of diesel engines, but they sure can engineer a great one!”
Graham Johnson, UKIP Media & Events Automotive Magazines

“Highly refined and following the company’s proud engine heritage – it has the same star quality that oozes through the range”
Padraic Deane, Automotive Publications and Motorshow Car Buyers Guide

---PRESS RELEASE ENDS---


 

Editor's Commentary:

The complete results can be found  here

Best New Engine of the Year BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)
Best Fuel Economy Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)
Best Performance Engine BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)
Sub 1-litre Honda 1-litre IMA (Insight)
1-litre to 1.4-litre Fiat-GM 1.3-litre Diesel
1.4-litre to 1.8-litre Toyota 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (Prius)
1.8-litre to 2-litre VW 2-litre FSI Turbo (Golf GTi, Audi A3, A4)
2-litre to 2.5-litre Honda 2.2-litre Diesel (Accord, CR-V, FR-V)
2.5-litre to 3-litre BMW 3-litre Twin-Turbo Diesel (535d)
3-litre to 4-litre BMW 3.2-litre (M3)
Above 4-litre BMW 5-litre V10 (M5, M6)

Before passing judgment over these results, one has to take into account how these awards work. The complete rules can be found here: http://www.ukintpress.com/engineoftheyear/

Because it is based on the subjective impressions of the judges, their choice is limited to their knowledge of a particular vehicle. These category winners are not chosen by something like a technical committee which has the opportunity of examining a given number of engines and judge them after their study, it's about asking a few people to select their favorite engines in various displacement categories. Under these conditions, you also have to understand that it must be difficult for a journalist of a given country to vote for a car which is not available in his or her region. That said, it is pretty difficult to obtain high scores for cars that are not widely available. For instance, the i-CTDi engine was already available last year, but arrived second to the 325i. The only difference may be that while past year there was only an Accord powered by this engine, this year it has become more popular, as it has also arrived to the CR-V (and FR-V press vehicle).

Here is the composition of the jury by regions:

Europe: 27 judges
North America: 14 judges
Asia : 4 judges
Oceania: 2 judges
Africa: 2 judges
South America : 1 judge

That configuration explains in part the higher success of (Europe favored) Diesel engines, as well as many other points that some of you will mention after seeing these results. It also explains while almost every new BMW engine gets an award in its first year, Honda awards usually come after one or two years in the market. Honda really has some ground to gain to become popular in Europe.

Some thoughts:

1.) This year is the first one since its introduction, that the 2.0L engine of the S2000 does not win the award in the 1.8 - 2.0L class. In fact, it is the runner up, with only 11 points less than the VW engine. The 2.0 i-VTEC engine from the Civic TypeR also made it to top charts. The thing is that if you look to the 2.0 - 2.5L class, you will also find the 2.2L S2000. But the 2.2L engine is only available in North America, while the 2.0L is no longer available in North America since the 2004 model update. I believe that if the US S2000 was still a 2.0L, that engine would have won the contest again. The Civic Type R is only available in Europe and Japan (Japan only has 1 judge), and so on.

2) You may wonder why the 3L V6 of the Accord Hybrid is not at the top of the list, or why the 3.0 VCM of the Inspire in Japan has never been there (not even mentioned actually). The Accord IMA is only available in North America, and the Inspire never made it outside Japan. The same applies to the 3.3L Toyota Hybrid... I'm sure that the Toyota will gain some spots when it becomes widely available next year.

dg

Last edited by JeffX on June 02, 2005 08:08

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