Smaller engines

New study highlights switch to smaller engines despite growing consumer concern

A new study shows just how quickly automakers are moving to small engines. However, there is growing evidence that in the real world the fuel economy of these engines is not living up to promises.

Small engines are all the rage in the US auto marketplace. A new study by the Power Information Network from J.D. Power and Associates provides interesting details on the progress small engines are making. The primary reason given for automakers’ switch to smaller engines is compliance with government mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFE). Small engines are defined as those with 3, 4, or 5 cylinders. However, there is a little more to the story than meets the eye.


Share on Facebook submit to reddit Share on Google+
Sign-up to our email newsletter for daily perspectives on car design, trends, events and news, not found elsewhere.