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