SAO PAULO -- The Ford Sigma 1.6-liter engine has been named “Best Engine up to 2 Liters” at the 2011 Car of the Year awards, promoted by Autoesporte, one of the most influential Brazilian motoring magazines.
The Sigma engine – which is produced at the Ford engine plant in Taubaté, Sao Paulo, Brazil – beat out contenders including the Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) 1.8 16V E.torQ, Vokswagen 2.0 TDI, Toyota 2.0 16V and Kia 2.0 16V engines.
With its block, yoke, carter and piston made of aluminum, the Sigma engine exemplifies lightness, efficiency, durability and sustainability. It has 16 double-command valves geared by a silent belt, and it is the strongest of its category. It develops the power of 115.6 horsepower with ethanol and 109.3 horsepower with gasoline, torques of 160 N.m. (ethanol) and 151 N.m. (gasoline). It provides 80 percent of the maximum torque at 1,500 rpm only.
A legacy of fuel-efficient engines
From 1974 to 1990, Ford’s Taubaté facility produced more than 1.5 million 2.0- and 2.3-liter I-4 engines for the North American Mustang, Ranger and Thunderbird vehicles. In each nameplate application, the Brazilian-sourced engine represented the most economical powertrain choice in its day.
Today, the Taubaté facility manufactures more than 280,000 engines and more than 440,000 transmissions annually, employing more than 1,500 people in all aspects of manufacturing. Since 2000, the complex has gradually expanded in direct proportion to growth in the Brazilian vehicle market.