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Ford says 66% of new cars we use four-cylinder engines by 2020

With the looming CAFE fuel economy standards, just about every automaker out there is pushing hard to migrate from larger displacement engines to engines with a smaller displacement, typically using a turbocharger to get the same sort of power output. The benefit of this is that it allows drivers to have the same performance with improved fuel economy.

One of the most successful automakers at making this transition away from higher displacement engines has been Ford with its line of EcoBoost power plants. Detroit News reports that Ford is projecting an increase in sales for vehicles using four-cylinder engines and that by 2020 66% of all new vehicles will use smaller displacement four-cylinder engines.

"I think it's maybe a stretch. But I don't find it implausible," said Bill Visnic, senior editor at the car research site, in a telephone interview. "If you look at where things have been going segment by segment, except pickups, you could say that's been the trend."

In 2008, only 40% of new vehicles sold used four-cylinder engines compared to 53% today. Currently, the majority of small and medium-size cars on the automotive market come standard with a four-cylinder engine. Most compact SUVs also come standard with four-cylinder engine. Full-size pickups and full-size SUVs currently come with six and eight-cylinder engine options. In 2012, sales of pickup trucks accounted for 13% of all new market sales.
Mike Osmotoso of LMC Automotive notes that to achieve that 66% goal, "[Ford would be] expecting pickups and full-size SUVs to virtually disappear."

Considering that the Ford F-150 is the automaker's best-selling vehicle, the more likely scenario would have entry-level trucks using EcoBoost four-cylinder engines producing the same power output as current base level V-6 engines.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By BRB29 on 5/21/2013 3:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
And they are illegal if they're over a certain weight.

Yes and that proves his point that trailers rely on vehicle brakes and tow vehicles are designed with that in mind.

Yes you want the combined braking power and yes it makes for stable braking but the not designed for over GVWR braking is still is a fact.

that's why there's a max tow limit and any trailers past a certain weight has to have brakes. The max tow weighs depends on how much braking the vehicle can provide along with vehicle. It cannot pass a certain %. If the vehicle has a low GVWR then it will have a lower tow limit. That's why the same vehicle with double wheels in the back have a higher GVWR and tow rating. Nothing changed except grip and braking capabilities.

If it's based on combined braking power then there wouldn't be a tow limit because the only variable would be trailer braking power. that wouldn't make any sense and your vehicle would be very unsafe.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By BRB29 on 5/21/2013 3:23:59 PM , Rating: 2
just to clarify before you bust out with more crazy logic. Tow rating is dependent on many things and not just braking.

Gross Combination Weight Rating (gcwr): The total allowable weight of the tow vehicle, the trailer, the cargo in each, hitch hardware, fluids and occupants.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (gvwr): The total allowable weight for the vehicle, including occupants, fluids, options, hitch hardware, cargo and trailer-hitch weight.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (gawr): The total allowable weight on an individual axle. This includes the weight of the tires, wheels, brakes and the axle itself.

Maximum Tow Rating: The manufacturer’s weight limit for towed loads. For conventional trailers, this normally includes a hitch-weight limit as well; for fifth-wheels, the pin weight is applied to the truck’s gvwr and its rear-axle gawr.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Spuke on 5/21/2013 3:30:32 PM , Rating: 1
Yes and that proves his point that trailers rely on vehicle brakes and tow vehicles are designed with that in mind.
No that only proves law makers can make laws.

that's why there's a max tow limit and any trailers past a certain weight has to have brakes.
Max tow limits are determined by the manufacturer and state and local regulations. Max tow on my pickup is 16,000 lbs with a 5th wheel/gooseneck and 10k lbs with a bumper hitch. In CA, trailers over 1500 lbs require brakes. Other states are higher. Tow rating isn't based on GVWR, it's based on the weight handling capacity of each axle/tire. It just so happens that heavy axles contribute to a higher overall weight and in turn more GVWR.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Spuke on 5/21/2013 3:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
Correction, GVWR is based on the weight handling ability of the axles and tires.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By alpha754293 on 5/22/2013 2:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
"If the vehicle has a low GVWR then it will have a lower tow limit."

Uh...half-truth. I haven't gone through and dissected all of the trailer tow calculations yet for work (that's coming up shortly) but from what I've been told, the relationship between trailer tow (weight capacity) and GVWR is not that straightforward.

There are a LOT of conditions regarding how you calculate trailer tow, how you rate it, and how those ratings relate to the GVWR of a vehicle.

Here is the old way of calculating conventional trailer tow capacity (I'm in the process of rewriting this anyways, hence why I'm researching or will be researching the trailer tow government regulations/stuff shortly):

=IF(OR(ISBLANK(ttlimit),ISBLANK(tongue_cg),ISBLAN K(tongue_per),ISBLANK(gcwr11)),"-",FLOOR((MIN((gvw- (ttcurb1+ttc1))/tongue_per,((rmaxgawr-((ttcurb1+ttc 1)-(ttcurbfrt1+ttcfrt1)))*wb)/(tongue_cg-zeroline)/ tongue_per,gcwr11-ttcurb1-ttc1,ttlimit)),ttround))< br />
And that's just ONE of the calculations. Note that GVWR is NOT included in that calculation.

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