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Ford's little engine that could challenge hybrids

Michigan Radio -- Ford Motor Co. intends to prove that good things come in small packages — really small packages. The company has taken engine downsizing to a new level with its new three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which has been introduced in Europe and is set to hit the U.S. market next year.

The EcoBoost offers more power than many conventional four-cylinder engines, with fuel economy numbers a hybrid could envy. Early fans are calling it a modern "little engine that could," and Ford is betting that American customers are ready to embrace a three-cylinder engine.


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Submitted Jul 28, 2012 By: leemun
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:50:34 AM

there are lots of vehicles and configurations in Europe that are never making it to the US. Most are highly fuel efficient.
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 1:17:07 PM

Hope so.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 10:09:42 AM

It's the new wave of small economy cars.
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monarch57
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 10:07:46 AM

Hopefully the cost will stay down.
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remay
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 7:50:50 AM

"Ford is expected to charge about $1,000 more than for one with a four-cylinder engine.

"The big experiment is, will Americans pay more money for a smaller motor if they're getting better fuel economy out of it?" "

I would not bet on it...
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Bill100
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 6:33:22 AM

Sticking with diesel. 49 mpg nowadays.
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 5:45:38 AM

Cool. Can't wait to see what model it comes out in.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 3:24:00 AM

A three cylinder EcoBoost engine? Just make sure that 3 cylinder engine delivers what it says it has. A three cylinder engine in a light weight car = high mpg, it will beat an EV or Inbred any day.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 1:36:57 AM

It will be interesting to see how this progresses.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 12:44:54 AM

Anything but electric cars.
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 12:41:54 AM

Old........
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:19:54 PM

I'll take a three-cylinder engine for my snow blower
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Better Yet, don't re-elect Obama.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:13:50 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:10:57 PM

Reelect Obama and the gas tax will approach what it is in Europe. Then they will sell it here.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:08:40 PM

Old News
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:06:01 PM

Too bad they will not offer it here. It will probably only be offered in Europe.
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A Greenies Dream
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:05:35 PM

Students back in the early 90's developed a CERAMIC, yes CERAMIC engine which was very inexpensive to produce, had less then half the supportive equipment to operate, extraordinarily high gas mileage and would be less expensive to just replace it if something went wrong. Is there anything happening with this? NOPE! Why NOT? because it would embarrass the auto industry and make bo actually work to earn profits
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:04:20 PM

Yeah, the little tree hugger croud will love it!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:04:01 PM

Let'so this Ford.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:03:17 PM

i think this will catch on with the inter-city dwellers. smart move.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:02:54 PM

Leave it to Ford to push the envelope.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 11:01:47 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:54:35 PM

great...it is about time!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:50:23 PM

Way to go Ford!!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:49:24 PM

Freeway safe? Or just for around town?
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:47:02 PM

as long as the get up and go isn't any less than a hybrid's it's something I'd certainly purchase instead of a hybrid
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:45:45 PM

Go Ford
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:45:43 PM

Maybe good for a scooter or an ultralight.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:42:09 PM

"You know how their commercial say Ford has a better idea ! Well there is a lot of truth in what they say."

Yeah, except for the Pinto, Edsel, and a few other bad ideas.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:38:51 PM

You know how their commercial say Ford has a better idea ! Well there is a lot of truth in what they say.

[Edited by: mlambo at 7/28/2012 11:42:25 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:36:36 PM

Proud of you Ford.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:35:44 PM

this is why FOrd is good and GM stinks
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:34:19 PM

Good for Ford!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:32:19 PM

go ford...
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Bravo, Ford!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:30:32 PM

good for Ford
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:26:38 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:25:06 PM

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:24:51 PM

its about time an american car company did something new!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:24:03 PM

Ford stock is inching up too.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:22:22 PM

I don't think so...the 4 cylinder I had 18 years ago was a real piece of junk that wouldn't pull itself let alone put people in it!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:19:38 PM

Funny in the 70's Honda had a 3 cylinder engine car.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:18:50 PM

Nice
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:18:26 PM

good news
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:16:57 PM

I like Ford's.

Whenn the little eco-boost engine started up the mountain it passed a Geo Metro going "put put put" very slowly. The little eco-boost engine sighed, breathed deeply and said "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" When the little eco-boost engine passed the snobby Hybrid, the little eco-boost engine smiled a big grin and said "I know I can!!! I know I can!!! I know I can!!!" And the little eco-boost engine reached the other side of the mountain happy as could be.

Not the end... Only the beginning.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:16:25 PM

This has been proven in
Europe
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:14:33 PM

Really
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Believe it when I see it.

(disclaimer: Prius owner here)
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