Surrey, England – Volkswagen has taken the top honours at the International Engine of the Year Awards for 2009, judged by a panel of 65 automotive journalists from 32 countries, including four from Canada.

The awards are organized by British specialist journal Engine Technology International, published by UKIP Media & Events, which publishes a number of technology journals.

Volkswagen’s new-generation TSI Twincharger ended four years of BMW dominance to win the overall International Engine of the Year Award for 2009, narrowly defeating the BMW 3.0-litre twin turbo, which won in 2007 and 2008, by four points. The TSI was also named the winner of the Green Engine and 1.0- to 1.4-litre category.

The winners were:

Best New Engine: Porsche 3.8-litre six-cylinder (911 Carrera S)

Green Engine: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Volkswagen Touran MPV, Seat Ibiza Cupra, Seat Ibiza FR)

Performance Engine: Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.2-litre V8 (CLK-, S-, SL-, CL-, CLS- and ML-Class)

Sub-1.0 Litre: Toyota 1.0-litre (Toyota Aygo, Yaris/Vitz, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy)

1.0-1.4 Litre: Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (Volkswagen Touran MPV, Seat Ibiza Cupra, Seat Ibiza FR)

1.4-1.8 Litre: BMW-PSA 1.6-litre Turbo (Mini Cooper S, Mini Clubman, Peugeot 207 and 308)

1.8-2.0 Litre: Audi 2.0-litre TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q5, and Volkswagen Scirocco and Golf GTI)

2.0-2.5 Litre: Mercedes-Benz 2.1-litre diesel (Mercedes-Benz E-Class)

2.5-3.0 Litre: BMW 3.0-litre DI Twin Turbo (BMW 335, X6, Z4, 730)

3.0-4.0 Litre: BMW 4.0-litre V8 (BMW M3)

Above 4.0 Litre: Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.2-litre (CLK-, S-, SL-, CL-, CLS- and ML-Class)

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