At the 18th International Engine of the Year Awards held in Stuttgart last week, the 1.2 litre three-cylinder Turbo PureTech petrol engine developed by PSA Group was named Engine of the Year in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category by a panel of international journalists.
Brian Joss – The award received for the second time is just the latest achievement for the engine model, which is manufactured at the Française de Mécanique plant in Douvrin, France.
Due to the popularity of the three-cylinder petrol engine family, PSA Group has decided to increase its production capacity to support the energy transition. Nearly 370,000 Turbo PureTech engines have been produced at the Douvrin plant since 2014. An additional production capacity of turbo petrol engines will be manufactured at the Trémery plant in eastern France, lifting potential annual output to 670,000 engines by 2018.
With 120 patents to its name, the three-cylinder Turbo PureTech petrol engine cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 18% compared with its four-cylinder petrol predecessor. The engine holds two fuel economy records. It claimed its first in Europe in 2014, with a manual transmission vehicle. Its second came in China this year, when an automatic model travelled 1 878 kilometres on a single tank, achieving a record-breaking 2.93 litre/100 km. The engine also offers one of the most comfortable driving experiences on the market – even at the lowest speeds .
First launched in March 2014 on the Citroën C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308, the PureTech engine is now fitted on more than 60 different models worldwide, including the new Peugeot 3008 unveiled last month.
Commenting on the award, Christian Chapelle, Vice-President, Powertrain and Chassis Engineering, PSA Group, said: “Receiving this award for the second year in a row is a testament to our technological expertise and efforts to optimise our engines and reduce their environmental footprint while at the same time delivering high-quality performance.”