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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 millerm277 on 6/2/2011 4:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a simple answer. The entire EU is about half the land area of the US. We drive a lot farther than you, a lot more often. What works for 50mi, often doesn't work for 500mi.

My drive to work includes a road with a long 18% grade, we get 160in of snow a winter (and yes, I regularly am driving in 1ft of snow, often for hours to ski).

I have no idea how you get 4x8' sheets of plywood home, how you move furniture or any other large objects.

What you also need to remember is that part of the need for power in the US is because we have stricter safety standards, causing an equivilant car to weigh much more than a Euro-spec one would. Also requiring more power.


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By jabber on 6/2/2011 4:36:17 PM , Rating: 1
How many people drive 500 miles a day? And for a daily commute? Most probably 20 miles or so. Again you dont need a V8 for that.

We also have mountains, hill passes, fords and roads that are 2000 years old. Its not flat in Europe either and the terrain is pretty diverse.

As for getting sheets of plywood, we dont often need them as our houses are not made from plywood. Brick rules here.

If we did need plywood we call the building supplies place in town and they deliver it in a transit van quite easily. Larger stuff delivered on a flatbed truck with a crane.

Moving house is done by removal firms with custom built removal vans or like I did last time I rented a transit van for the day. All pretty easy.

as for safety, yet again we dont drive around in matchboxes either.

Again excuses that dont really add up.


By Spuke on 6/2/2011 5:51:50 PM , Rating: 2
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As for getting sheets of plywood, we dont often need them as our houses are not made from plywood. Brick rules here.
Neither are ours. We also use brick, ever seen the homes on the east coast of the US? Plywood is used for whatever. That isn't the point. And your post proves what I said clearly. Europeans don't do what we do, hence the misunderstandings.


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By Spuke on 6/2/2011 5:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
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If we did need plywood we call the building supplies place in town and they deliver it in a transit van quite easily. Larger stuff delivered on a flatbed truck with a crane. Moving house is done by removal firms with custom built removal vans or like I did last time I rented a transit van for the day. All pretty easy. as for safety, yet again we dont drive around in matchboxes either. Again excuses that dont really add up.
Bam!! You hit the nail on the head!! WE don't do that as a matter of course, WE fix our own sh!t as a matter of course. Does everyone do that? NOPE! But enough do to have to nationwide chains of home improvement stores packed full of people daily. There are no excuses!!!! We are just different.


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By jabber on 6/2/2011 6:04:15 PM , Rating: 2
The point is that in virtually equal levels of society and technology we can show that a large proportion of the population doesnt need to own large inefficient trucks.

If things get more expensive gas wise in the US then thats how it will change for you too. You'll get someone else to deliver the bricks while your Prius or whatever never has to leave the drivway.

Its not as impossible as you make out thats all. you are not that different in needs at all to over the pond. Its just that you do it a different way that going forward might not be sustainable in a few ways.

Believe me I wish it could carry on the way it is for decades and decades as differences are what makes the world a fun place but its all going to boil down to a common denominator world wide at some point. shame but there you go.


By Spuke on 6/2/2011 6:23:35 PM , Rating: 3
You really don't want to know, you just want to bash. No problem.


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2011 10:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
Jabbber you are giving Euro's a bad name, on their behalf I behoove you to actually READ what people are typing to you instead of just bash after same bash.

It's amazing how Europeans claim to be such diverse and tolerant people, and that we are the bigots, yet you can't seem to accept our way of life.


By jabber on 6/3/2011 7:01:06 AM , Rating: 2
Guys I apologise.

All I was trying to get to the bottom of was this -

Group A does things one way.
Group B does things one way.
Group A asks why Group B maybe couldnt do it their way?
Group B says it's impossible and very defensive.
Group A asks why it's impossible and gets shouted at.

At the end of the day I dont see how smaller and more econimical engine sizes for a greater number of vehicles should stop anyone in the US lugging plywood around.

I was accusued of ignorance, fair enough but it does appear thats an issue on both sides. I have been to the US and Canada many times so I've seen what its like. I've even lived with Americans, yes I went that far in my research.

However, I do feel that some over the pond have this vision of Europe like its still 1923, in black and white and we all hang around in Soviet style bread queues.

Trust me, me can lug plywood, boats and trailers with the best of them when we have to.

I guess vive le difference.


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By Spuke on 6/2/2011 5:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
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as for safety, yet again we dont drive around in matchboxes either.
Might as well address this one too. NONE of your cars meet our safety standards. The only one's that do were designed to meet them (and are sold here).


RE: Give rising prices another 5 years...
By StanO360 on 6/2/2011 8:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
They are trained like monkeys in school and in their media (with the cooperation of our media) that all Americans are dupes, lumbering idiots. No amount of explanation will help him get out of his cultural presuppositions.


By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 8:57:46 PM , Rating: 2
Not to worry we have plenty of counterparts:

quote:
They are trained like monkeys in school and in their media (with the cooperation of our media) that all Europeans are socialist dupes, laid-back idiots. No amount of explanation will help him get out of his cultural presuppositions.


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