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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 Maximalist on 6/2/2011 6:14:30 PM , Rating: 1
In most EU countries, the cost of petrol is affected by unfavorable taxation. In May 2011, for example, in Germany, average gasoline price was $8.845 per gallon (€1.61 per litre). This is a big, but not the only incentive for compact engines. In EU the average price of diesel is less than that of gasoline. Diesel engines furthermore are about 25 percent more efficient than gasoline engines. Therefore, you end up saving about 30~40 percent on your fuel costs if you drive a diesel rather than a gasoline-powered vehicle.


By darcotech on 6/7/2011 8:40:13 AM , Rating: 2
I think that we are not talking about same things here as far as this discussion is about differences between EU and USA.
- I have impression that people that defend V&s &V8s in today’s cars are the ones that truly need their great power very often or every day. The fact is that majority of the owner of big pickups with big (and thirsty) engines don't need them that way. Yet, they claim they do. One thing is question of freedom; one thing is an open discussion.
- Saying that small cars are getting to slow in highway is simply ignoring the facts or not knowing them at all. Having experience with many different class fo cars, I can tell you that all but 1Liter engine just do fine when joining the highway traffic. It is usually drivers that don’t push hard enough.
- Saying that 2.0lit diesel on average car is not enough is also same thing. My personal car has 150HP, on 120km/h (~75MPH) it is running on 2’500 RPMs, and if I need to push there is enough reserve. I get somewhere 7lit/100km (its 4x4 BMW SUV) which is 33.6MPG and that is not the best there is. I see many people towing their horses and similar with this kind of car / engine.
So, saying it is not enough for MAJORITY of people (even in USA) is simply not true. As I said before, this has nothing to do with your freedom of choice. But, at least, understand, that your behavior makes petrol costs more, which translates in products costs more. Not to mention that it could make countries go in war to secure petrol sources for them.
So yes, you have right to choose whatever you do. No, petrol V6 and V8 are simply not for majority and yes you can make EVERYTHING with smaller diesel engines with better MPG.
And no, I do not hate US cars, actually I simply love the new Dodge Durango, but even with 3.6 engines it is still using too much petrol. A 2.0 or 3.0l diesel could do wonders with that car. And Dodge could have my money.

PS: I was/am owner of both European and US cars.


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