In celebrating 25 years of Wards 10 Best Engines, automakers were invited to submit videos focusing on powertrain challenges of the past and those lying ahead. Articles and videos will post throughout the year.
Bill Visnic, former WardsAuto technical editor who launched the Wards 10 Best Engines program 25 years ago, talks about early highlights, such as the Nissan VQ, Honda VTEC, GM’s Vortec and Mazda’s Miller Cycle/Lysholm supercharging tandem.
About 450 people attended last week's luncheon ceremony, held in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show to honor the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines winners. It was the event's 25th anniversary.
The awards program still is focused on its original mission: recognizing engineering achievement. Now that electrified powertrains account for about 40% of the annual awards, the name is being changed.
Toyota understands a world-class hybrid needs first-rate technologies for both combustion and electrification. So it should come as no surprise that since 2001, Toyota has earned more 10 Best Engines trophies for hybrids (six) than any other...