TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!

Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.

That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.

Click past the jump to see all of the results of each class.

International Engine of the Year

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Place Engine Points
1 Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo 401
2 Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger 288
3 Ferrari 4.5-litre V8 224
4 GM 1.4-litre range extender 212
5 BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol 199
6 BMW/PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol 162
7 BMW 3–litre turo six –cylinder gasoline 160
8 BMW M 4–litre V8 128
9 Audi 2.5–litre five–cylinder turbo 126

New Engine

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Place Engine Points
1 Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo 257
2 BMW 3-litre twin-power turbo diesel six-cylinder 154
3 Mazda 2.2-litre skyactiv diesel 143
4 BMW 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 139
5 GM 1.4-litre range extender 119
6 McLaren 3.8-litre V8 112

Green Engine

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Place Engine Points
1 GM 1.4-litre range extender 197
2 Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo 159
3 Nissan electric powertrain 145
4 Toyota 1.8-litre gasoline-hybrid 133
5 Fiat 875cc two-cylinder turbo 128
6 PSA Peugeot Citroën 2-litre diesel-hybrid 105

Performance Engine

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Place Engine Points
1 Ferrari 4.5-litre V8 171
2 McLaren 3.8-litre V8 147
3 BMW 4.4-litre TwinTurbo V8 127
4 Porsche 3.8-litre Boxer DI 111
5 Ferrari 6.3-litre V12 103
6 BMW 3-litre twin-power turbo diesel six-cylinder 100

Sub 1-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo 371
2 Fiat 875cc two-cylinder turbo 310
3 Volkswagen 999cc three-cylinder 262
4 Toyota 998cc three-cylinder 122
5 Hyundai/Kia 998cc three-cylinder 104
6 Mitsubishi 999cc three-cylinder turbo 64

1.0- to 1.4-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger 337
2 Volkswagen 1.2-litre TSI 179
3 Fiat 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo 160
4 Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI 95
5 GM 1.4-litre range-extender 90
6 Nissan 1.2-litre supercharged 85

1.4- to 1.8-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 BMW-PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol 321
2 Audi 1.8-litre TFSI 204
3 Toyota 1.8-litre gasoline-hybrid 149
4 Mercedes-Benz 1.8-litre DI Turbo 110
5 Alfa Romeo 1.7-litre DI Turbo 102
6 Ford 1.6-litre turbo 101

1.8- to 2.0-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol 278
2 Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI 246
3 BMW 2–litre twin–turbo four–cylinder diesel 243
4 Mazda 2-litre skyactiv gasoline 178
5 Ford 2-litre EcoBoost 127
6 PSA Peugeot Citroën 2-litre diesel-hybrid 96

2.0- to 2.5-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo 380
2 Mercedes-Benz CDI 2.1-litre 260
3 Mazda 2.2-litre skyactiv diesel 245
4 PSA Peugeot Citroën/Ford 2.2-litre diesel 170
5 Subaru 2.5-litre turbo 145
6 Honda 2.2-litre i-DTEC 69

2.5- to 3.0-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 BMW 3-litre bi-turbo six-cylinder gasoline 257
2 BMW 3-litre twin-power turbo diesel six-cylinder 234
3 BMW 3-litre twin-power turbo diesel six-cylinder 191
4 Porsche 2.7-litre flat-six DI 186
5 BMW 3-litre twin-power turbo six-cylinder gasoline 163
6 Audi/VW 3-litre V6 TDI 158

3.0- to 4.0-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 BMW M 4-litre V8 292
2 McLaren 3.8-litre V8 276
3 Porsche 3.8-litre Boxer DI 220
4 Audi 4-litre TFSI 168
5 Nissan 3.8-litre Bi-turbo 166
6 Porsche 3.8-litre Boxer Turbo 157

Above 4.0-Liter

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Place Engine Points
1 Ferrari 4.5-litre V8 206
2 BMW 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 190
3 Mercedes-AMG 5.5-litre V8 118
4 Ferrari 6.3-litre V12 111
5 Mercedes-AMG 6.2-litre V8 103
6 Lamborghini 6.5-litre V12 91

Press Release

FORD WINS INTERNATIONAL ENGINE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012 IN DOMINANT STYLE

The small but powerful 999cc, three-cylinder turbo unit wins Ford its first ever Engine of the Year Award

Small combustion engines and EV power units still finding favour with the international judging panel

GM scoops Green Award for its excellent 1.4-liter ’Range Extender’ engine

13th June, 2012: The results of the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards have today been announced at Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury, consisting of some of the world’s most respected and popular motoring journalists, voted Ford’s excellent 999cc three-cylinder turbo engine, which is put to good effect in the Ford Focus, as the overall winner of the International Engine of the Year Award.

The Ford engine has wrestled the award from last year’s similarly sub-1-liter winner, Fiat’s two cylinder ’Twin Air’unit. It is clear the judges continue to be impressed by some of the industry’s smallest engines, and Dean Slavnich, editor of Engine Technology International and co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, says:

"This was a dominant win by the Ford engine and it is important to remember that the overall engine of the year award is not linked to engine capacity or any other criteria beyond the excellence of its engineering and the degree to which it delivers its capabilities in a vehicle and within the broader marketplace. That the small capacity engines continue to impress the most in overall terms, even against the larger, higher performance engines, says a great deal about how the automotive industry has developed in recent years."

The Ford engine managed to scoop the prestigious overall International Engine of the Year title as well as being the victorious engine in both the ’Best New Engine’ and the ’Sub 1-liter’categories".

However, despite the Ford engine’s excellent ’green’ credentials, it was GM’s’Range Extender’, the 1.4-liter internal combustion engine that sits within the 2012 ’European Car of the Year’, the Chevrolet Volt, which proved to be victorious.

Graham Johnson, co-chairman of the Awards and Managing Director of UKIP Media & Events, the company that organises the Engine Expo and the Awards, commented, "Pure battery EVs have never been a real-world, viable alternative to the internal combustion engine due to their lack of range and poor cold-weather performance, but GM’s range extender concept solves both issues and thus is a genuine blueprint for the future."

In the last of the non-capacity specific classes, Ferrari once again reigned victorious with its 570bhp, 4.5-litre V8 engine as featured in the 458 Italia. With its awesome performance and divine soundtrack, the engine scooped both’Best Performance Engine’ and ’Above 4-litre’category trophies for the second successive year.

As far as the remaining capacity award categories were concerned, German engineering was completely dominant. BMW bagged four category wins, including the ’3-litre to 4-litre’category for its 4-litre V8 found in the M3; the ’2.5-litre to 3-litre’ category for its 3-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder gasoline engine, found in the 1 Series M coupe, 335is and Z4 35is; the ’1.8-litre to 2-litre’ category for its 2-litre twin turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine found across its range; and in the ’1.4-litre to 1.8-litre’ category for its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën, which was the co-recipient of the same Award.

Not to be outdone, the VW/Audi group didn’t leave the Awards ceremony empty-handed. Audi scooped the 2-liter to 2.5-liter category for its 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine found in the Audi TT RS and RS3 Sportback, while Volkswagen’s much-admired 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger engine, once again defended its crown in the ’1-litre to 1.4-litre’ category.

The 14th International Engine of the Year Awards were presented at Engine Expo 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany on 13th June. The event, one of the annual highlights of the automotive industry calendar, saw a total of 12 Awards given to those manufacturers that have been judged to have achieved excellence in powertrain engineering.

For further information on the Awards, and to see all the category nominees and winners, please visit: www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear

The category winners are:

Best New Engine 2012
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus (100ps, 125ps))

Best Green Engine 2012
GM 1.4-liter range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera (150ps))

Best Performance Engine 2012
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia, 458 Spider 570ps)

Above 4-liter
Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 (458 Italia 570bhp)

3-liter to 4-liter
BMW 4-liter V8 (M3 Coupe, M3 Convertible 420ps)

2.5-liter to 3-liter
BMW 3-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder gasoline (1 Series M coupe, 335is, Z4 35is (340ps))

2-liter to 2.5-liter
Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo (Audi TT RS, RS3 Sportback (340ps))

1.8-liter to 2-liter
BMW 2-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol (125i (218ps), 320i (184ps), 328i (245ps), 520i (184ps), 528i (245ps), Z4 20i (184ps), Z4 sDrive 28i, (245ps), X1 20i, X3 20i (184ps), X1 28i (245ps))

1.4-liter to 1.8-liter
BMW-PSA 1.6-liter turbo petrol (Mini Cooper S, Clubman Cooper S, Countryman Cooper S, Coupe / Roadster Cooper S (184ps), Mini Cooper Works, Clubman Cooper Works, Coupe / Roadster Cooper Works (211ps), Peugeot 207, 207cc, 208, 308, 308cc, 3008, 508, 5008 (156ps), 308 GTI (200ps), RCZ (156ps, 200ps), Citroen DS3, C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso, C5, DS5 (156ps), DS5 (200ps), DS3 Racing (202ps), DS4 (163ps), DS4 Racing (200ps))

1-liter to 1.4-liter
Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (VW Polo (180ps), Beetle, Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan (160ps), Sharan (150ps), Touran / Cross Touran (140ps, 170ps), Passat CNG, Touran / Cross Touran CNG (150ps), Audi A1 (185ps), Audi A3 (180ps), Seat Ibiza FR, Alhambra (150ps), Cupra (180ps), Skoda Fabia RS (180ps))

Sub 1-liter
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus (100ps, 125ps))

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