Two More International Engine Of The Year Awards For Prius

2 June 2005

Hybrid Synergy Drive awarded “Best Fuel Economy” and “Best 1.4-1.8 litre engine”

The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system of Toyota Prius has been awarded two category wins in the International Engine of the Year Awards 2005.

The revolutionary Hybrid Synergy Drive system won in the 1.4 to 1.8-litre category and also took first place in the ‘Best Fuel Economy’ category – thanks to its application in the Toyota Prius with outstanding fuel consumption of 65.7mpg (EC mode, combined).

The awards were collected by Mr Jon Williams, Toyota’s European Marketing Director and Mr Colin Hensley, General Manager of the R&D External Affairs and Communication Division, during a special awards ceremony that took place in Stuttgart on 1 June 2005.

Mr Thierry Dombreval, Toyota Motor Marketing Europe’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer said: “These two awards further reinforce Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive as a leading powertrain technology for production cars today.”

These latest accolades for the hybrid powertrain mean Toyota has set a new record in the International Engine of the Year awards with no fewer than nine titles for Prius over its two generations:

  • 1999 – Best engine, 1.4-1.8 litre
  • 1999 – Best eco-friendly engine
  • 2000 – Best eco-friendly engine
  • 2004 – Best engine, 1.4-1.8 litre
  • 2004 – Best fuel economy
  • 2004 – Best new engine
  • 2004 – International Engine of the Year
  • 2005 – Best engine, 1.4-1.8 litre
  • 2005 – Best fuel economy

About the awards

The International Engine of the Year awards have been held since 1999 and reward the best engines available on the market. Every engine in mass-production installed in a production car on sale in more than one country is eligible.

The jury is composed of a panel of 56 renowned journalists from 26 countries around the globe, covering five different continents.

In total, 12 categories have been created to specifically distinguish engines by size, fuel economy and performance.


Download this release as a PDF below

Two More International Engine Of The Year Awards For Prius


Images are copyright free for editorial purposes only

Media enquiries

Please click here to see the press contacts at Toyota (GB):

Show Press Contacts

For further information, please contact:

David Rogers

07825 280608 or by email at

General, alternative fuels and mobility media enquiries

David Crouch

07909 900 085 or by email at

General, fleet and motorsport media enquiries

Please understand that our press team only deal with enquiries from media representatives.

Toyota and Lexus Press Releases

To receive all Toyota and Lexus press information, please select the box below.

To update your profile type in your email address and press return. MailChimp will then send you an email confirming your details and you will then have the opportunity of amending your details.

* indicates required
All Toyota/Lexus News