4-cylinder Engines Gain Popularity in the US, Says Study

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A new study carried out by J.D. Power and Associates reveals that 55.8 percent of the vehicles sold or leased at retail in the United States market during the first half of 2013 are powered by small and fuel efficient four-cylinder engines.
As surprising as that may sound, it seems that the four bangers are taking over from the larger V6 and V8 powerplants, especially in compact, midsize and even light trucks as the government is passing stricter fuel economy requirements (54.5 miles per gallon by 2025).

According to J.D. Power and Associates, 11 nameplates have more than 90 percent small-engine penetration in the US market, while four brands - Mini, Smart, Fiat and Scion, have 100 percent penetration. Also, only three nameplates do not offer small engine choices, compared to the 10 brands that did not have engine options smaller than 6-cylinders back in 2008.

The study also states that the percentage of 4-cylinder engines has increased by 13.1 percent from 2008 to 2013, while the percentage of 6-cylinder-equipped vehicles has dropped by 7.8 points the past five years. In addition, sales of vehicles with V8 or larger engines have dropped 4.9 percent since 2008.

For more details about the J.D. Power study refer to the attached press release.
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