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Ford EcoBoost V6 used in the F-150  (Source: Ford Motor Company)
Boosted V6 proves to be a popular option with consumers

We reported in September of last year that Ford was doing a top-to-bottom revamp of its powertrain lineup for its popular F-150 pickup truck. That new engine lineup included a new 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, 6.2-liter V8, and an EcoBoost (turbocharged) 3.5-liter V6.

According to a new report from Automotive News, the EcoBoost engine is proving to be quite popular with buyers and bucks the trends that are normally seen in the full-size pickup market. In fact, the EcoBoost engine option is now accounting for 36 percent of F-150 sales. The EcoBoost engine also now has a 40 percent take rate when it comes to new dealer orders. 

Ford Consumer Marketing Manager Marc Lapine thought that there would be a little more lag time before consumers became aware of the engine option and started taking advantage of it, but higher gas prices have made the EcoBoost a popular choice. 

"We had a sales forecast but it has jumped up a little faster than we thought," said Lapine. "We thought there would be a little more time between the early adopters and the other people who said, 'Hey, now I am ready to buy it.'"

"As soon as this fuel thing started, probably two months ago, all of a sudden people are coming in, asking, 'Do you have an EcoBoost?'", added Wayne Seidel, a general manager for a Ford dealership in Wisconsin. "I've sold every one that I can get my hands on." 

The EcoBoost V6 makes a healthy 365hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm while running on regular unleaded gas. Tow capacity (11,300 pounds) for the boosted six matches that of the top rung 6.2-liter V8 engine option.

The EcoBoost F-150 is EPA rated at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Many manufacturers are now looking to turbocharging to match the power of an engine with more cylinders while achieving better fuel economy. Ford uses EcoBoost engines in its Taurus SHO (V6), Flex (V6), Explorer (I4), and upcoming C-MAX (I4).

Other companies that are jumping on the turbocharging bandwagon for mainstream vehicles include Hyundai with its Sonata Turbo and Buick with its Regal. Chevrolet is also expected to add a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its all-new 2012 Malibu to replace the V6 engine option.



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RE: Eco my ass
By Amedean on 5/1/2011 3:11:49 AM , Rating: 1
And that is why I went to Iraq twice and Afghanistan getting shot at with people trying to blow me up. I carried the body of a good man SFC Knier who left 3 children and a loyal wife. Then a month later seen the body of my Sergeant Major, SGM Watts who was blown up by a land mine. My friends shot and shell shocked, that is why I when I left the Army I had to go through over a year of mental therapy making sense of all this...

So a web designer can complain convenience and about high gas prices while he is driving his F-150 for his safety on the highway?!?

Thank you to everyone who is trying to conserve until we figure out how to get out of this energy crisis and oil addiction.


RE: Eco my ass
By heymrdj on 5/1/2011 8:53:05 AM , Rating: 3
Sounds like to me you joined the army for the wrong reason then. What made you think that most of the wars you would get sent to today wouldn't be for economic interests or peace keeping in other nations. Other nations aren't exactly throwing their soldiers onto our terrain. When we're attacked you can then join/get drafter for to defend your land. Otherwise you knew what you were signing up for when you joined, as did the others that have died. Doesn't matter how much I try to beat that into peoples head they still think the military is cool or the benefits or the money. No one seems to think about what it really is, you're going to be sent to kill or be killed.

/Navy


RE: Eco my ass
By Amedean on 5/1/2011 7:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
Don't patronize me about service to my country and don't assume I joined for benefits! I joined to perserve my nation and its constitution when almost 3000 citizens were murdered. Aside from that,what are you disagreeing with in my statement? Conservation is an issue of national security and we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil I think we all agree. I am ashamed to here a service member attempt to trash another for his service, especially speaking from the Navy. Not all service member bear the weight equally in this fight and I knew exactly what I came in for in 2002. If I wanted to mop decks and practice naval drills then I would have joined the Navy, but I wanted to do a little more - rather a lot more! Unless you are EOD then I would just nod and continue about your life.


RE: Eco my ass
By heymrdj on 5/1/2011 11:16:36 PM , Rating: 3
I patronize you because you're playing a two sided fiddle. You may displace the Navy all you like, I don't know what you saw in your service, you certainly don't know me. As for trashing your service, it was not a trashing of your service. You can say what you like, that doing what you did was special, but it's not. We all made that choice. We did it to serve our nation.

As to my two sided comment, you stated you fought for oil or that you fought for 3000 people's deaths. We had no reason to go gangbuster in other countries for one man, who is now finally dead after 10 years at the expense of thousands more lives. If it was for oil, well it was all a waste in the end then. I can support this nation. That doesn't mean I have to agree with its leadership.


RE: Eco my ass
By Amedean on 5/2/2011 4:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
STILL, what the hell is your point?!? I feel like you just like arguing. You make no sense when you say - whatever nvm, I give up! You must be one of those people that has to be right about everything no matter what I say. At least you said something I agree with, you don't know what I have seen. To bad in your two posts there is not a valid topic relating to my original post about oil dependence and lost lives, just a rant.....troll.


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