It was another successful outing for Groupe PSA at the 19th international Engine of the Year Awards in Stuttgart, with the company’s 1.2 litre turbocharged three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine snagging this year’s Engine of the Year award in the 1-1.4 litre category.

This marks the third year in the row the PureTech engine has won the award, completing a hat trick of wins. Available in PureTech 110 S&S (110 hp) and PureTech 130 S&S (130 hp) configurations, over 850,000 units of the engine have already been produced since its launch in 2014.

The PureTech engine is used in over 90 vehicles across PSA’s subsidiaries – Citroen, DS Automobiles, Opel and Peugeot. This includes models such as the Peugeot 3008 (2017 European Car of The Year) and the new Citroen C3.

Closer to home, the turbo three-cylinder can be found in the latest Peugeot 208 and 2008, both of which made their launch debut in Malaysia earlier this year. The new motor is a big improvement from the previous 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, and gets a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission (replacing the old four-speed auto).

Performance gains include a quicker zero to 100 km/h time on both models, and even lower fuel consumption figures. On the 208, the claimed figure is 4.5 litres per 100 km on the 208 (from 6.7 litres per 100 km) and 4.8 litres per 100 km on the 2008 (from 6.5 litres per 100 km).

Moving forward, PSA aims to increase annual production of the engine, which it says will exceed one million units by 2019. Along the way, it will introduce plenty of revisions to improve and refine the engine further, a few of which will be implemented before the end of 2017.

This includes installing a new particulate filter to reduce particulate emissions by more than 75% in anticipation of the future regulation standards in Europe and China in 2020, optimising the engine’s combustion cycles and injection pressure, reducing mechanical friction and introducing a new turbocharger, and making the engine more compact.