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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 Edmunds.com, 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 mritter1981 on 5/28/2013 9:02:17 AM , Rating: 2
Aside from where I live now: Alaska (Diesel gelling issues). I would love to see the option for a 4cyl Turbo Diesel in light duty trucks. What I find hilarious, is the fact that my '96 F-150XLT (has a 4.9L I6) gets better gas milage than my '09 Ranger (4.0L V6). Both are Manual TX, and driven similarly (yes I use the Ranger for more light offroad, since I enjoy hunting/fishing). The Ranger was cheaper, and got better gas milage/handled better than the I4 Wrangler I was looking at.

F-150: ~31 mpg (after replacing the intake, 24 mpg prior)

Ranger: ~18 mpg (regardless of when in 4WD/Towing/2WD)


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