Calling it “the single most innovative technology to appear in the last 12 months” the International Engine of the Year Awards organization has named Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir™ the Best New Engine of 2010.
To quote the organization, the 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir: “is particularly special because it is able to increase power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The concept is therefore ideal for today’s world of eco-conscious, downsized automotive powertrains.”
The International Engine of the Year Awards are judged by a panel of 65 automotive journalists from 32 countries.
An explainer on Fully Variable Valve Actuation (FVVA), or the technology we call MultiAir, may be found here.
You’ll be able to drive the first application of the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine in North America when it joins the lineup in the Fiat 500 (a first for the vehicle anywhere). And though the 1.4-liter is small, it’s mighty, packing 100 horsepower (75 kW) at 6,750 rpm and 95 lb.-ft. (129 Nm) of torque at 4,250 rpm. MultiAir technology improves fuel economy by 10 percent and cuts C02 emission by about the same percentage.