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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, 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 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.

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