Ford F-150 Lineup Now Dominated by V-6 Engines
For almost five decades, V-8 engines have been the top choice to power pickups trucks in the U.S. But Ford has started to reverse this trend, as its V-6 engines now comprise 57 percent of F-150 retail sales. Consumers are showing increased interest in fuel economy, and as a result, registrations of pickups with V-6 engines have grown a whopping 600 percent over the last few years. According to vehicle data from Polk, the F-150 accounts for 91 percent of that industry growth. Just three years after it introduced its V-6 EcoBoost, Ford has now sold over 500,000 F-150 pickups equipped with this fuel-efficient engine. When the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 arrives later this year, it will offer an additional V-6 engine option over the current model. Buyers will have their choice of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, a 3.5-liter V-6 with flex-fuel capacity, and an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with stop-start technology. These engines are expected to provide better fuel economy while maintaining plenty of drive power.“Truck customers should think of the EcoBoost truck engine as a gas-powered engine with diesel-type capability and characteristics,” said Jim Mazuchowski, Ford V6 engines program manager, in a recent statement. “The twin turbochargers and direct injection give it the broad, flat torque curve that makes towing with a diesel so effortless and hard acceleration so much fun.” These trucks are also playing a part in saving the environment. According to Ford, replacing V-8 engines with V-6 engines in trucks has helped conserve more than 56 million gallons of fuel, or more than all of the fuel saved from every plug-in electric vehicle ever sold. The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle line in the U.S., so these savings will definitely continue to add up fast. Source: Ford
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