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GM bests Ford's EcoBoost V6 fuel efficiency without complex, expensive turbochargers

Ford has spent a great deal of time and money developing and marketing its EcoBoost family. The company makes a wide variety of EcoBoost engines (which is basically a fancy name for turbocharging plus direct injection) ranging from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder to a 3.5-liter V6.
Ford's efforts have paid off, as sales of the naturally aspirated V6- and EcoBoost V6-equipped F-150s have outpaced those of the V8 models. And all along the way, Ford has thumbed its nose at the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, stating how its EcoBoost V6 gets V8 performance and V6 fuel economy.
GM, however, is hitting back today with the announcement that its new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engines manages to produce 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. While the horsepower number compares favorably with the EcoBoost V6 in the F-150, it's down quite a bit in torque. GM says that in 4x2 trim, the EcoTec3 will be good for 23 mpg highway; checking off the 4x4 option box will result in 22 mpg on the highway.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
Both of these numbers are 1 mpg better than the EcoBoost F-150. In fact, it matches the fuel economy of Ford’s naturally aspirated, 3.7-liter V6.
“Silverado’s available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gives customers the best of both worlds,” bragged Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for the Silverado. “Customers get the proven power and dependability of a V-8 truck engine, with better fuel economy than a leading competitor’s smaller turbocharged V-6.”

5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine
GM's decision to go the "tried and true" route may pay off in the end. Recent reports have suggested that while many manufacturers seem to ace the EPA's tests with turbocharged gasoline engines, most consumers aren't able to match the sticker numbers in the real world.

The Ford Atlas Concept previews the nexxt generation F-150
GM’s fun in the mpg sun, however, likely won’t last long. Ford is reportedly looking to trim up to 700 pounds from the next generation F-150, which will go a long way towards improving fuel efficiency. Ford showcased the use of active aero technology on its Atlas truck concept (which no doubt is a precursor to the next generation F-150), which boost highway fuel efficiency by 2 mpg.

Sources: General Motors [1], [2]

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RE: Ram 1500 still wins...
By Argon18 on 4/2/2013 12:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
What they need is to split the models into two categories, since there are really two separate usage patterns for truck buyers.

Some folks buy a truck because they tow a large boat, or horses, or race cars, or whatever. These are the folks that *need* the towing capacity, and the inevitable weight that comes with that.

Then there are the folks that buy a truck simply for day to day suburban utility. Moving a love seat, or a washer and dryer, or picking up some mulch from the hardware store. These people do not tow anything, ever. These people usually live in a suburban neighborhood, with a HOA that forbids trailers anyhow, so they have nothing to tow even if they wanted to. Also in this category are the wash-n-shine macho guys, who never haul anything, never tow anything either. They bought a truck because it makes the feel like a big man on the road. They have a loud stereo and loads of chrome truck accessories, but they use the truck purely for commuting to work, as an "image" thing.

These needs of these two groups are very different, yet they buy the same vehicles. The manufacturers should cater to these groups separately, with vehicles tailored to their usage patterns.

RE: Ram 1500 still wins...
By Spuke on 4/2/2013 1:12:08 PM , Rating: 2
What they need is to split the models into two categories, since there are really two separate usage patterns for truck buyers.
They're already separated into categories, it's just that people CHOOSE to buy the 1/2 tons instead of the lighter duty trucks. Also, none of you seems to understand that hauling and towing go hand in hand. They are the same thing. What makes a truck haul 2500 lbs also gives it the ability to tow 11,000 lbs. You can't have one without the other.

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