Fiat’s 0.9 TwinAir Turbo bi-fuel methane-powered engine received the “Best Green Engine of the Year 2013” title.

“Best Green Engine of the Year 2013”: is one of the twelve categories of the “International Engine of the Year Awards.”

Now in its 15th edition, the international contest is considered by the automotive industry as one of the most significant events on the calendar with the participation of all the major world car manufacturers.

The jury consists of a panel of journalists and industry experts from 36 different countries.

Launched last year for the first time on the new Fiat Panda, this two-cylinder engine combines the environmental benefits of methane fuel supply with the power and fun at the wheel ensured by Turbo TwinAir technology.

This is demonstrated by its maximum power of 80 horsepower at 5,500 rpm whilst ensuring reduced fuel consumption and emission levels. The new Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Natural Power produces 86 gram per kilometer of CO2,a level among the lowest on the market, and uses just 3.1 kilograms of methane every 100 kilometer (combined cycle).

Compared to the gasoline version, the TwinAir bi-fuel includes specific fuel system components, including the intake manifold, injectors, electronic engine control system and valve seats with specific geometry made of low-wear material.

Fiat said the integration of all components and state-of-the-art technology – such as the MultiAir system and the turbocharger – guarantee maximum reliability and ensure that performance and handling remain the same also when running on methane.

Currently the new 0.9 TwinAir Turbo Natural Power 80 horsepower is available on theFiat Panda and 500L Natural Power models as well as on the Lancia Ypsilon EcoChic.

In the field of alternative fuels, Fiat considers that methane engines are now the most appropriate technological choice for contributing to the reduction of pollution in urban areas and the limitation of CO2 emissions.

Methane engines minimize the most harmful emissions such as particulate (practically reduced to zero), nitrogen oxide and the most reactive hydrocarbons which cause the formation of other pollutants. They also generate 23 percent less CO2 compared to gasoline engines. Therefore, methane is the “cleanest” and cheapest fuel available today and it is also potentially a source of renewable energy thanks to the development of biomethane.

For over 15 years, Fiat said it has been the leading European original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for methane-fuelled vehicles, the one which offers the widest eco-friendly range with bi-fuel supply (methane/petrol) designed to accommodate the needs of a broad-ranging clientele, including goods transport professionals: since 1997, Fiat has sold over 560,000 Natural Power cars and commercial vehicles.

Lastly, mention must be made that the methane (CNG) range has certainly contributed to a significant extent to the records acknowledged in the latest research by JATO Dynamics, world leader in automotive consultancy and research.

In 2012, for the sixth year running, Fiat proved to be the brand which recorded the lowest level of CO2 emissions in Europe among the best-selling automotive brands, with an average value of 119.8 grams per kilometer.

Over the last 5 years, Fiat has reduced its average emissions by 13 percent, which is significantly lower than the target of 130 g/km set out by the European Union for 2015.