4-cylinder engines are more popular than 6-cylinders in 2011

Ford 4-cylinder EcoBoost

According to IHS Automotive, 4-cylinder engines have replaced 6-cylinder units as America’s most popular choice. 4-bangers now power 43 percent of U.S. light vehicles sold in the United States in the first half of 2011.

In 2005, V6 engines were almost identical to 43 percent of vehicles sold. V8 engines have lost has lost their demand even faster and are now in one of every six vehicles. That compares to one of ever three vehicles sold in 2005.

The change is flavor is being attributed to a buyer shift in maximizing fuel-economy and downsizing vehicles. Also, automakers are reducing the size of vehicles and engines to meet tougher 2016 federal fuel economy rules.

We’re hoping the downsizing stops here and 3-cylinder engines don’t become as popular as 4-bangers.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News