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    Ford Sees Four Cylinders Vehicles On The Rise


    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    May 20, 2013

    At the moment, more than half of U.S. new-car sales are cars equipped with four-cylinder engines. Ford expects that number to climb to 66 percent by 2020.

    Here's how the market currently breaks down: subcompact, compact, and midsize vehicles are coming equipped with four-cylinder vehicles. Subcompact and compact crossovers are also following the same trend.

    Many analysts believe Ford's estimate is high, but not of the question.

    "I think it's maybe a stretch. But I don't find it implausible. If you look at where things have been going segment by segment, except pickups, you could say that's been the trend," said Bill Visnic, senior editor at Edmunds.

    However, some analysts say pickup trucks and large SUVs, which account for 13 percent of car sales overall and use V6 and V8 engines could put a halt to Ford's prediction.

    Source: The Detroit News

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    If someone ... say a domestic manufacturer... would actually build a proper compact pickup... maybe that number would climb further. How about it Ford?

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    If someone ... say a domestic manufacturer... would actually build a proper compact pickup... maybe that number would climb further. How about it Ford?

    If Ford were to build a 21st Century Ranger or smaller, that could work with a 4cyl. Problem is is that it would cut into those juicy F-series sales and profits.

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    Same with GM, if they would build a New Mini Pickup LUV with a 2.9L Duramax Diesel, they would see major sales. They are so hooked on full size pickup sales that they forget that a big group of people do not need mid or full size trucks. A coworker just bought a well used S10 as he made it very clear that he does not have any use for a full size and mid is still to big for someone who lives in the city. He loves the small mini trucks as they do all he needs.

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    If someone ... say a domestic manufacturer... would actually build a proper compact pickup... maybe that number would climb further. How about it Ford?

    If Ford were to build a 21st Century Ranger or smaller, that could work with a 4cyl. Problem is is that it would cut into those juicy F-series sales and profits.

    Price it accordingly. The F-150 now base prices at $23,995 for the most basic work truck. That leaves some room under the F-150 for a compact truck.

    But I suppose I should be careful what I wish for. Knowing Ford, they'd base it off the Transit Connect.

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    If someone ... say a domestic manufacturer... would actually build a proper compact pickup... maybe that number would climb further. How about it Ford?

    If Ford were to build a 21st Century Ranger or smaller, that could work with a 4cyl. Problem is is that it would cut into those juicy F-series sales and profits.

    Price it accordingly. The F-150 now base prices at $23,995 for the most basic work truck. That leaves some room under the F-150 for a compact truck.

    But I suppose I should be careful what I wish for. Knowing Ford, they'd base it off the Transit Connect.

    Would a transit based mini truck be that bad? If you can have a bare bones mini truck, 4 banger with 5 or 6 speed manual start at $14,999 and top out right around $23,999 I think you would pick up many sales from city folk who want and need a mini truck without all the bulk or pricy add-ons of a full size. While I myself would like it to be RWD, I can see a market for FWD Mini trucks.

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    A Mini truck in the likes of something like what has been sold in Brazil with the 2.8L Duramax Diesel for around $15,000 would totally rock GM and bring in tons of fresh cash.

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    The 2014 US-spec Sprinter gets a standard 2.1 liter four-cylinder diesel. GVWR is the same as for the current 3.0 liter V6 BlueTec.

    Ford already has a lineup of similarly sized four-cylinder diesels in the Transit; why not in an F-150?

    2014 Sprinter (new standard engine) - Price $TBD

    2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel (161hp, 265 lb-ft)

    7-speed automatic transmission

    144" & 170" wheelbase

    3 body lengths

    GVWR 8,550/9,990/11,030

    Available high-roof option

    Configurations: Cargo, Crew, Passenger, MiniBus, Cab Chassis

    It compares favorably with the 4.9L inline-six from 1996, which produces 145 hp and 265 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm. The Sprinter 2.1L diesel produces the same torque at 1,400 revs.

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