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  1. When Volvo announced that all of their vehicles would be powered by only four-cylinder, it caught a lot of people off guard, including Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson. Speaking with various media at the Geneva Motor Show, Samuelsson revealed that he wasn't sold on this idea. But since then, he has been convinced. “Two years ago you could ask me that, and probably I would have had to answer a different way. But today, I’m absolutely convinced," said Samuelsson. “The reaction of that decision has been very positive. Even in the US – the XC90 was even truck of the year in the US, a big SUV with a four-cylinder engine: that’s a good indication that we took the right decision." Volvo explained back in 2011 the move to only using four-cylinders would help with fuel economy and future plans for hybrid variants. Source: CarAdvice Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears View full article
  2. When Volvo announced that all of their vehicles would be powered by only four-cylinder, it caught a lot of people off guard, including Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson. Speaking with various media at the Geneva Motor Show, Samuelsson revealed that he wasn't sold on this idea. But since then, he has been convinced. “Two years ago you could ask me that, and probably I would have had to answer a different way. But today, I’m absolutely convinced," said Samuelsson. “The reaction of that decision has been very positive. Even in the US – the XC90 was even truck of the year in the US, a big SUV with a four-cylinder engine: that’s a good indication that we took the right decision." Volvo explained back in 2011 the move to only using four-cylinders would help with fuel economy and future plans for hybrid variants. Source: CarAdvice Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
  3. A lot of the high-performance sub-brands have been thinking about the future and the possibility of using turbocharged four-cylinders or all-wheel drive. BMW's M division isn't going down that trail of thought yet. Speaking with Australian outlet Motoring, BMW M's head of product management, Carsten Pries says for the time being, the division will focus on developing models with the six cylinders and rear-wheel drive. “If you also look at the M performance models we have added over the last three or four years they have rear-wheel drive as the standard setting and also have six cylinder engines. These are cars that attract new people to the M brand [and its core models] and that is very important,” said Pries. “This combination of six cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive is not just a USP in marketing terms but it is something that really attracts people to our brand. This is obviously not something you can just talk about but also something you can experience and enjoy." It should be noted that M does have two models with all-wheel drive, the X5 and X6 M models. We assume Pries is referring to M's sedans and coupes with these comments. Pries does admit that the current strategy could change in the near future. “If the framework changes in the future, we have to look then at what we can do in terms of a [providing] a proper or decent M offer,” said Pries. Source: Motoring View full article
  4. A lot of the high-performance sub-brands have been thinking about the future and the possibility of using turbocharged four-cylinders or all-wheel drive. BMW's M division isn't going down that trail of thought yet. Speaking with Australian outlet Motoring, BMW M's head of product management, Carsten Pries says for the time being, the division will focus on developing models with the six cylinders and rear-wheel drive. “If you also look at the M performance models we have added over the last three or four years they have rear-wheel drive as the standard setting and also have six cylinder engines. These are cars that attract new people to the M brand [and its core models] and that is very important,” said Pries. “This combination of six cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive is not just a USP in marketing terms but it is something that really attracts people to our brand. This is obviously not something you can just talk about but also something you can experience and enjoy." It should be noted that M does have two models with all-wheel drive, the X5 and X6 M models. We assume Pries is referring to M's sedans and coupes with these comments. Pries does admit that the current strategy could change in the near future. “If the framework changes in the future, we have to look then at what we can do in terms of a [providing] a proper or decent M offer,” said Pries. Source: Motoring
  5. Acura is in the midsts of giving their lineup a bit of excitement once again. With such models as the new TLX and refreshed ILX, it seems Acura is figuring out how to make cars that appear to be fun. There could be more excitement on the way. Honda is currently readying a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will go into a number of their own vehicles. This has caused talk of whether or not Acura will use it as well. Car and Driver decided to ask Acura product planner Gary Robinson if the 2.0L turbo engine could go into the ILX. “Acura is always going to get the best engines Honda makes,” he said. And the cars in which they will be found “will always be more powerful” than their Honda counterparts. “Obviously, a 2.0-liter turbo is more of a must-have in the luxury world than it is in the mainstream world, so . . ." said Robinson. Now before you start dreaming of a turbocharged ILX, Robinson explained that the current ILX would require a lot of re-engineering to allow for the turbocharged engine to fit. Most likely it will come when the ILX is redesigned, expected in 2018 or 2019. Source: Car and Driver
  6. Acura is in the midsts of giving their lineup a bit of excitement once again. With such models as the new TLX and refreshed ILX, it seems Acura is figuring out how to make cars that appear to be fun. There could be more excitement on the way. Honda is currently readying a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will go into a number of their own vehicles. This has caused talk of whether or not Acura will use it as well. Car and Driver decided to ask Acura product planner Gary Robinson if the 2.0L turbo engine could go into the ILX. “Acura is always going to get the best engines Honda makes,” he said. And the cars in which they will be found “will always be more powerful” than their Honda counterparts. “Obviously, a 2.0-liter turbo is more of a must-have in the luxury world than it is in the mainstream world, so . . ." said Robinson. Now before you start dreaming of a turbocharged ILX, Robinson explained that the current ILX would require a lot of re-engineering to allow for the turbocharged engine to fit. Most likely it will come when the ILX is redesigned, expected in 2018 or 2019. Source: Car and Driver View full article
  7. The trail of rumors of Porsche working on a flat-four engine can be traced back to 2011 when the rumor of the entry-level model was still flying around. Since that time, the entry-level project has been reportedly canned, but the flat-four engine still carrying on. We last heard about this back in 2012 when a turbocharged version was reportedly going into a high-performance variant of the Cayman. Since then, it has been radio silence. Until this past week. Car Magazine reportedly got a look at spec sheet on the flat-four engine project which lists three different variants. The variants include, 1.6L flat-four: 210 horsepower, N/A on torque 2.0L flat-four: 286 horsepower, 295 pound-feet 2.5L flat-four: 360 horsepower, 347 pound-feet All engines pack direct-injection and turbocharging. Sources tell Car that the 2.0 and 2.5 have been given the green light, and will be on Boxster/Cayman and Cayenne first. We're scratching our head on the Cayenne getting this engine first and not the Macan. The fate of the 1.6 is currently unknown as that was expected to go into the entry-level model. Source: Car Magazine 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. View full article
  8. The trail of rumors of Porsche working on a flat-four engine can be traced back to 2011 when the rumor of the entry-level model was still flying around. Since that time, the entry-level project has been reportedly canned, but the flat-four engine still carrying on. We last heard about this back in 2012 when a turbocharged version was reportedly going into a high-performance variant of the Cayman. Since then, it has been radio silence. Until this past week. Car Magazine reportedly got a look at spec sheet on the flat-four engine project which lists three different variants. The variants include, 1.6L flat-four: 210 horsepower, N/A on torque 2.0L flat-four: 286 horsepower, 295 pound-feet 2.5L flat-four: 360 horsepower, 347 pound-feet All engines pack direct-injection and turbocharging. Sources tell Car that the 2.0 and 2.5 have been given the green light, and will be on Boxster/Cayman and Cayenne first. We're scratching our head on the Cayenne getting this engine first and not the Macan. The fate of the 1.6 is currently unknown as that was expected to go into the entry-level model. Source: Car Magazine 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.
  9. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 15, 2013 Imagine taking the benefits of a diesel engine and using that for a gasoline engine. Well Hyundai is doing just that. During a media briefing at the company's Technical Center in Superior Township, MI, Hyundai gave us the preliminary details on their GDCI (Gasoline Direct-Injection Compression) engine. The goal with the GDCI engine is to "achieve diesel levels of fuel efficiency with conventional gasoline," said Nayan Engineer (Yes, that is his real last name), Hyundai's manager of engine design and testing. Other goals of the engine that Enginner outlined is that it will offer "equal to better performance than conventional gasoline engines" and a "lower system cost (than) diesel engines." So how is Hyundai planning to pulling this off? Well it begins with the combustion cycle. Much like a diesel engine, the GDCI engine will use high compression (14.8:1 in this case) to ignite the fuel. There is also a set of exhaust valves that open twice per cycle to let heat in to help in the combustion cycle. The GDCI engine also features a twincharging setup. A mechanical supercharger helps boost power on the low-end, while turbocharger takes over on the high-end. How much power does the GDCI engine produce? Well, a 1.8L four-cylinder GDCI engine can produce 180 horsepower on a engine dyno. The engine currently has a redline of 4,500 rpm, so it will act and possibly sound like a diesel engine. The GDCI is currently being worked by Hyundai, Delphi, and the University of Wisconsin. Hyundai hopes to begin testing the engine in vehicles sometime next year. When asked if we'll see this engine in production, Engineer said that it will arrive "not too distant future." Our guess, maybe sometime within the next ten years. 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. View full article
  10. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 15, 2013 Imagine taking the benefits of a diesel engine and using that for a gasoline engine. Well Hyundai is doing just that. During a media briefing at the company's Technical Center in Superior Township, MI, Hyundai gave us the preliminary details on their GDCI (Gasoline Direct-Injection Compression) engine. The goal with the GDCI engine is to "achieve diesel levels of fuel efficiency with conventional gasoline," said Nayan Engineer (Yes, that is his real last name), Hyundai's manager of engine design and testing. Other goals of the engine that Enginner outlined is that it will offer "equal to better performance than conventional gasoline engines" and a "lower system cost (than) diesel engines." So how is Hyundai planning to pulling this off? Well it begins with the combustion cycle. Much like a diesel engine, the GDCI engine will use high compression (14.8:1 in this case) to ignite the fuel. There is also a set of exhaust valves that open twice per cycle to let heat in to help in the combustion cycle. The GDCI engine also features a twincharging setup. A mechanical supercharger helps boost power on the low-end, while turbocharger takes over on the high-end. How much power does the GDCI engine produce? Well, a 1.8L four-cylinder GDCI engine can produce 180 horsepower on a engine dyno. The engine currently has a redline of 4,500 rpm, so it will act and possibly sound like a diesel engine. The GDCI is currently being worked by Hyundai, Delphi, and the University of Wisconsin. Hyundai hopes to begin testing the engine in vehicles sometime next year. When asked if we'll see this engine in production, Engineer said that it will arrive "not too distant future." Our guess, maybe sometime within the next ten years. 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.
  11. 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. View full article
  12. 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.
  13. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com December 6, 2012 The last we heard anything about a four-cylinder for Porsche was last September when a report from Autoweek said that Porsche was working on two turbocharged four-cylinder engines for the long-rumored and now killed entry-level roadster and Boxster/Cayman. Now, a Italian automotive website is reporting that Porsche will premiere a Cayman with a turbo-four at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. 0-100.it reports the model, named the Cayman Turbo will use a 2.5L turbocharged boxer-four engine producing 350 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, and will only come with Porsche's PDK transmission. Source: 0-100.it 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. Related Stories: Porsche Ponders A Return Of The 4-Cylinder
  14. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com December 6, 2012 The last we heard anything about a four-cylinder for Porsche was last September when a report from Autoweek said that Porsche was working on two turbocharged four-cylinder engines for the long-rumored and now killed entry-level roadster and Boxster/Cayman. Now, a Italian automotive website is reporting that Porsche will premiere a Cayman with a turbo-four at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. 0-100.it reports the model, named the Cayman Turbo will use a 2.5L turbocharged boxer-four engine producing 350 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, and will only come with Porsche's PDK transmission. Source: 0-100.it 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. Related Stories: Porsche Ponders A Return Of The 4-Cylinder View full article
  15. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com July 16, 2012 If you wanted something besides a V8 in Jaguar in the U.S., you would have to go Europe to go for a six-cylinder. This has caused sales of Jaguar vehicles to drop. "We have only V8s in a market that has moved to six-cylinder," said Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America. To stop the slide, Jaguar will introduce four and six-cylinder engines for the XF and XJ lines. The four-cylinder is the 240 HP 2.0L turbo-four from the Range Rover Evoque and will be placed into the XF. The six-cylinder will be a 3.0L supercharged V6 producing either 340 HP (XF) and 380 HP (XJ). Both the four and six will come with an eight-speed automatic. Goss says the V6 will be a game changer for Jaguar, since about 70% of the XF competitors come with a V6. The turbo-four and supercharged V6 come out later this year. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) 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. View full article
  16. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com July 16, 2012 If you wanted something besides a V8 in Jaguar in the U.S., you would have to go Europe to go for a six-cylinder. This has caused sales of Jaguar vehicles to drop. "We have only V8s in a market that has moved to six-cylinder," said Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America. To stop the slide, Jaguar will introduce four and six-cylinder engines for the XF and XJ lines. The four-cylinder is the 240 HP 2.0L turbo-four from the Range Rover Evoque and will be placed into the XF. The six-cylinder will be a 3.0L supercharged V6 producing either 340 HP (XF) and 380 HP (XJ). Both the four and six will come with an eight-speed automatic. Goss says the V6 will be a game changer for Jaguar, since about 70% of the XF competitors come with a V6. The turbo-four and supercharged V6 come out later this year. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) 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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