Southfield, Michigan – Ward’s Automotive Group has announced the winners of its annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2009, including the first-ever appearance of Hyundai on the list. The list also includes two diesel engines and one hybrid. The awards will be officially handed out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

The winners, and the vehicles in which they were tested, are:

Audi 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged DOHC I4 (A4 Avant)

BMW 3.0-litre turbocharged DOHC I6 (135i Coupe)

BMW 3.0-litre DOHC I6 Turbodiesel (335d)

Chrysler 5.7-litre Hemi OHV V8 (Dodge Ram/Challenger R/T)

Ford 2.5-litre DOHC I4 HEV (Escape Hybrid)

General Motors 3.6-litre DOHC V6 (Cadillac CTS)

Honda 3.5-litre SOHC V6 (Accord Coupe)

Hyundai 4.6-litre DOHC V8 (Genesis)

Toyota 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (Lexus IS 350)

Volkswagen 2.0-litre SOHC I4 Turbodiesel (Jetta TDI)

“A decade ago, few consumers in the U.S. paid serious attention to hybrids or diesels,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor of Ward’s AutoWorld. “This year, they have to, if they don’t want to be pinched the next time fuel hits $4 a gallon. The diesels from VW and BMW and the Ford Escape Hybrid all got better than 30 mpg during our testing, and often they topped 40 mpg. And the diesels meet the strictest emissions regulations in the world. If Americans want to find a vehicle that consumes less fuel and is fun to drive, our list is a great place to start.”

The ten top engines were chosen out of an initial 32 nominees. The list consisted of the 2008 winners, as well as all-new or significantly-improved engines. The editors evaluated and scored each engine against all others in a number of objective and subjective parameters over a two-month period. To be eligible, an engine must be available in a regular-production, U.S.-specification model on sale no later than the first quarter of 2009, in a vehicle priced no more than US$54,000, a price cap indexed to the average cost of a new vehicle.


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