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Ford Unveils 40-MPG Gas Engine for 2012 Focus

Who needs hybrids?

by on Mar.24, 2011

So much from so little? The new Ford 2.0 I4.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has been a staple of automotive propulsion around the world for decades — in places like Asia and Europe and Australia and Africa, anyway, but not so much here in the States.  Americans have tended to shy away from little 122 cubic-inch engines, but with gasoline at $3.50 and rising, that reluctance is wearing away.

Or so Ford hopes.  With the introduction of the 2012 Ford Focus, there’s a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that promises 160 horsepower, 147 foot-pounds of torque, and, in the specially equipped Focus SFE model, with a 6-speed automatic transmission, 28 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway (the 5-speed manual transmission gets a rating of 28 city, 36 highway).

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Ford just showed the guts of this new engine, designed for use in a range of small and smaller Ford products well into the future.  The maker is betting that powerplants like the new 2.0 I4 could provide a viable alternative for more costly hybrids and even the more sophisticated — but expensive — Ford EcoBoost for many customers.


Four Casting: Are there Fours in our Future?

Or are they already here: Answer:Yes and Yes.

by on Oct.20, 2009

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 engine, the first V-6 direct-injection twin-turbocharged engine produced in North America.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is first direct-injection twin-turbo V6 engine made in North America.

There was a time, during Ford Model T days (1908-1927), when four cylinder engines absolutely dominated the American, indeed world, marketplace. Now it looks like we are returning to that era again, thanks to fears over gas prices, emission regulations and, at the moment, the economic Great Recession or Depression, whichever you care to call it.

Significantly, the striking fact is that nearly 90% of the top-selling Toyota Camry models sold in the U.S. market so far this year has been Fours, up from 82% in 2008. Fours in the Ford Fusion have been running around 65-70% of total sales and four-bangers in the Honda Accord reportedly constitute about three-quarters of those sold here.

We won't Bore!

We Won't Bore!

Japanese makers led the way with smooth, balanced and efficient four-cylinder engines for the past decades, but there are signs the U.S. is catching up.