Four-cylinder cars keep gaining popularity in U.S market

Four-cylinder cars keep gaining popularity in U.S market

For many years in the States the main decision facing car buyers was to choose a six- or eight-cylinder engine in their favoured vehicle, but those days are now gone. The rising cost of fuel is a key factor in the shift to smaller engines also advancements in technology and more power from 4-cylinder motors has eased the change.

This huge swing in popularity to four-cylinder engines has been highlighted by a recent report from IHS Automotive. According to its findings, in the first half of 2011 more than 43% of passenger vehicles sold in the US were equipped with four-cylinder engines, compared to just 30% five years ago. In 2006, V6s had a 43% market share but four cylinders’ sales rose and those of six-cylinders declined, with four-pots becoming the most popular engine type for the first time in 2009.

So where does that leave the mighty V8? Well, in terms of new car sales it’s not looking good. Now V8-power only accounts for one in every six new cars sold, in 2005 that number was one in every three.

The future isn’t exactly looking bright for the V8 motor either, with new cars chasing down greater fuel economy  in order to meet the 35.5 mpg average consumption target set by the U.S government for 2016.

There will always be enthusiasts that love their V8-powered machines, but when it comes to new car sales the bent eight may already be part way down the path to extinction.

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