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Ford EcoBoost V6
High gas prices and a potent turbocharged engine drive V6 sales for Ford's best seller

What good is a big ‘old domestic full-size pickup truck without a V8 engine under the hood? Half-ton pickups and V8 engines go together like peanut butter and jelly or Smith & Wesson. But with gas prices putting the squeeze on many consumers, those who can actually afford to purchase brand new vehicles are trying to be more economical. 

We already reported in late April that Ford is seeing incredible demand for its new EcoBoost V6 engine in the Ford F-150. Reports pegged the EcoBoost V6 engine option as taking 36 percent of all F-150 sales.

However, that figure jumped to 41 percent for the month of May. In addition, the 3.7-liter V6 engine option captured 14 percent, bringing the total haul for V6 engines to over half of all F-150 sales for the month.

According to PickupTrucks.com, the increasing interest in Ford's V6 engine options should come as no surprise given the current state of gas pries in the United States. However, the phenomena is still amazing when you consider that the take rate for V6 engines in competing Toyota Tundra and GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado full size pickups is in the single-digit range.

Ford’s 3.7-liter V6 engine generates 300hp @ 6,500 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. It is EPA rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The popular EcoBoost V6 makes 365hp @ 5,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,500 rpm. It has EPA ratings of 16/22. 

Both engines run on regular unleaded gasoline, which is a plus with high gasoline prices.



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RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By Spuke on 6/2/2011 3:34:59 PM , Rating: 3
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Are the vans you are talking about, and the trucks you are talking about, carrying those kinds of loads?
No they're not. At least not like we do. Culture is different there. Europeans aren't "working class" people like we are. Example: most of the European horse owners I've met are rich whereas most of the US horse owners I know are just regular working stiffs. You don't see Europeans hauling 4x8's from the local Home Depot or Lowes (do they even have stores like that?). Most wouldn't be caught dead in a pickup where we see it as a badge of honor (explained to me by a Brit). They do indeed have larger vehicles for heavy tows but most aren't privately owned and they're not multi-purpose like our pickups. The reason why they don't understand why we do what we do is because they don't do what we do.

PS - If you guys don't understand, just ask, we'll be happy to explain it. Leave the finger pointing bashing somewhere else.


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By jabber on 6/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By Spuke on 6/2/2011 5:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
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No we use whats called an articulated lorry.
Didn't I say you use heavier vehicles for heavier tows? What are you saying no to?


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By jabber on 6/2/2011 5:56:35 PM , Rating: 1
I was just saying we use whats we call a lorry. After all why own a large inefficient truck for the two days a year you might need it when as you point out, you can have someone else do it.

I love the Bruce Springsteen "every american is a hard working blue collar good guy" type scenario you are spinning there. Brought a tear to my eye, kinda.


By Spuke on 6/2/2011 6:21:38 PM , Rating: 3
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I was just saying we use whats we call a lorry. After all why own a large inefficient truck for the two days a year you might need it when as you point out, you can have someone else do it.
Ah, I see now. You're just an a$$hole. You REALLY don't care to understand the differences, you just simply want to bash and argue. Not a problem, I'll move on.


By AssBall on 6/2/2011 6:30:18 PM , Rating: 3
What the hell are you talking about? Why own snowmobiles, dirtbikes, four wheelers, camper trailers, firewood, hay bales, acetylene tanks, plows, water tanks, power tools? Why live off of any kind of pavement?

You clearly don't know jack sh!t about the United States.

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have someone else do it


So well said. Spoken like a true European socialist leech. We like to do it by ourselves when we can over here.


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