Gary Witzenburg


Gary is a long-time contributor who writes about vehicles, engines and technology.

Mercedes Premium 4-Cyl. Engine Does Everything Well
Versatile engine serves entire Mercedes portfolio, in both transverse and north-south applications, with and without all-wheel-drive, ranging from cars to CUVs to commercial vans.
Volvo’s Natural-Born Racing Engine
Boasting an eye-popping 184 hp/L, Volvo’s turbocharged and supercharged 4-cyl. Polestar started life as a racing engine before it found its way into family haulers.
Mazda’s Innovative 4-Cyl. Engine Pulls Like Big V-6 2
Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5T is unique in that its enhanced scavenging technology and cooled EGR make it a new type of downsized turbocharged engine that performs like a torquey V-6.
Honda’s Best-Yet Hybrid Powertrain 2
The ’17 Accord Hybrid touts impressive fuel-economy of 49/47 mpg city/highway. Not bad for a spacious, upscale 5-passenger sedan that’s closer to large than midsize.
Highly Awarded BMW I-6 Remains Close to Perfection 1
“The main reason why we have kept the inline 6-cyl. is there is no other way to have the smoothness or the responsiveness, the turbine-like feeling when revving the engine,” says Markus Rülicke, BMW’s head of construction design for in-line petrol engines.
Gen II Chevy Volt Propulsion System Shockingly Good 7
“The key was to be better in every measurable way,” says GM Global Vehicle Chief Engineer Barry Walkup.
Infiniti’s Brilliantly Downsized V-6 Turbo Shines
Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V-6 delivers 400 hp effortlessly and efficiently.
Plug-In Chrysler Pacifica Smooth Operator
The first mass-market electrified minivan in North America gets high marks for seamless drive quality as well as advanced propulsion technology.
Very Special Engine, Very Special Car 3
“If there was a slam-dunk engine in this year’s competition, it was this one.” WardsAuto editor David Zoia enthuses about the 350-hp 2.3L turbo-4 in the Ford Focus RS.
Quality, Technology Merge Seamlessly in Mercedes GLC
Every design element of the Mercedes GLC exudes quality, and the automaker’s controversial infotainment display screen placement now is well accepted.
Nissan Maxima Cabin Borrows Ultra-Luxury Cues
Quilted suede-like upholstery, a beautifully stitched IP cover and unique diamond-pattern aluminum trim makes Maxima interior a home run in color, craftsmanship and materials.
Honda Civic Cabin Overcompensates for Past Sins
“Our goal was to make the very best compact-class car in the world,” says Civic Interior Engineering Project Leader Mike Narazaki.
Swedish Heritage, Authentic Materials Define Volvo XC90 Interior
All of the interior materials are authentic. If something looks like leather or aluminum or open-pore Scandinavian wood, it is, because the decision was made to invest in such materials.
Craftsmanship, User-Friendly Tech Distinguish Lexus RX Interior
Lexus Project Chief Designer Gen Ikeda says his team is most proud of the way it achieved an expression of functional design in an elegant way.
Family Van or Rolling Man Cave, Chrysler Pacifica Does It All
FCA boasts the Pacifica offers 37 minivan innovations, raising the total over the three decades since Chrysler invented the segment to a claimed 115.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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