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IN THIS, my last column this year, my two final Torque Awards for 2011 go to Brian Molefe and Peter Bruce. Molefe was appointed to succeed Maria Ramos as Transnet CE; in a long interregnum, the post was occupied on an acting basis by Chris Wells.

The engine itself puts out a stout 215 horsepower and a stump-pulling 324 lb-ft of torque. When combined with a hybrid drive assist system using a 11.2 kilowatt lithium-ion battery and high-torque electric motor, the power figures jump up even more.

By Andy Stonehouse Word has it that the new turbocharged EcoBoost engine, now offered as a high-torque, high horsepower but fuel-efficient alternative for the venerable Ford F-150 pickup, has really caught on.

The good: The 2012 Honda Civic Si's new engine features better low-end torque, more even power delivery, and slightly improved fuel economy.

More impressively, 90% of the turbo 4-cylinder's 260lb-ft of torque is available from 1500, revving all the way to 5800rpm before running out of engine.