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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 theapparition on 5/22/2013 9:58:24 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Not only that, but the drivers also have a higher level of driving certification (CDL) for operating towed loads.

Your average weekend warrior has no idea how to tow things safely. Good engineering can never overcome stupidity.

We can argue this all day long, but some physics can't be ignored. A heavier vehicle will be safer when towing anything. With a lot of good engineering, the risk can be reduced. But I guarantee that if manufacturers reduced truck weight, you'd also see a reduction in tow capacity. I have no issue with that, since 90% of trucks never tow a single thing in their lives. But I hope this doesn't come at the expense of still having trucks in the line up that can handle heavier loads.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By BRB29 on 5/22/2013 10:29:45 AM , Rating: 2
You are absolutely right. Most people don't understand load balancing but you can't really blame them. Towing every weekend is vastly overstating its use. Almost every truck owner I know tow maybe once a year for moving or camping.

A heavier vehicle is safer definitely. The point is that manufacturers and people have realized that they don't need all this towing capabilities for a regular F150. The demand for better fuel economy and every day practicality is higher than towing capability. So why not sacrifice some of that towing capability to save fuel and road wear?

After sitting in the new trucks, I realized that trucks are designed more towards comfort and convenience than being just a truck. It's just transforming more towards a car. Almost all SUV have lost their off road capability also.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By alpha754293 on 5/22/2013 2:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
So you're trying to tell me that a 1966 Chevrolet K1434 with a published curb weight of 3750 lb is safer than a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD with a published curb weight of 3728 lbs?

And the former has a GVWR of 5600 lb while the latter is only 5300 lb.

Are you seriously trying to tell me that the 1966 Chevy would be safer than the 2012 Chevy because it's heavier? Really?

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RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By theapparition on 5/23/2013 10:15:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'd think anyone with intelligence would understand the context is "all else equal". Certainly trying to compare two vehicles that are half a century apart isn't valid.

But in the context of towing, a heavier vehicle will always be safer to tow with....all else equal.

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