Hyundai earns two spots on Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems

Dr. Jin Hwan Jung (left) and Dr. Kyoung Pyo Ha of Hyundai Motor Group receive trophies from WardsAuto.
Dr. Jin Hwan Jung (left) and Dr. Kyoung Pyo Ha of Hyundai Motor Group receive trophies from WardsAuto. | Photo courtesy of Honda Motor Co.

Hyundai received two honors in the 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems competition during the 2020 awards ceremony at the WardsAuto Engine & Propulsion Summit on Jan. 16 in Detroit.

The Hyundai Sonata's 1.6L DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder engine and the 2020 Kona Electric powertrain, which is a repeat winner, were named to this year's list. 

Wards editors selected the winners after gauging 26 all-new or significantly improved engines and electric propulsion systems during daily driving in metro Detroit during October and November. They assess each powertrain based on but not limited to horsepower, torque, comparative specs, and observed fuel economy.

"We are very pleased to have our newest Smartstream technology, the 1.6L T-GDi engine with our world's-first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology recognized to the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems list and a repeat award for the Kona EV powertrain," Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning Mike O'Brien said in a press release. "These accolades reinforce Hyundai's commitment in leading the industry's most diverse powertrain lineup and we are excited to continue our product onslaught and powertrain innovations with 13 eco-friendly vehicles in the U.S. by 2022."

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