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Ford Fiesta 3-Cyl Boosted To 140 HP: Forbidden Fruit Quick Drive

Ford Fiesta 3-Cyl Boosted To 140 HP: Forbidden Fruit Quick Drive

At 123 horsepower, Ford's 1.0-liter Ecoboost Fiesta already develops an impressive output for its diminutive size. That it does so while delivering entertaining handling and perhaps most importantly, a 36 mpg combined rating (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway) is even better. But Ford's powertrain... read more

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2014 Ford Fiesta sedan

Are New, Smaller, Higher-Mileage Engines Less Reliable?

For the first time in over 15 years, increased engine and transmission problems in 2011 model year cars have contributed to a decline in vehicle dependability in J.D. Power's... read more February 16, 2014 by 


 
Nissan’s three-cylinder engine for its ZEOD RC electrified Le Mans car

Nissan Reveals Tiny Engine For Electric ZEOD Le Mans Racer

Downsizing isn't just a concept reserved for road-going vehicles--the world of motor racing is adopting the theory too. Smaller engines, turbocharging and hybrid technology... read more January 28, 2014 by 


 
54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

Hybrids, Electrics Not Needed To Reach 54.5 MPG In 2025: Industry Exec

For some companies in the auto industry, building cars to hit a target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may seem like a near-impossible task. But to others, the EPA's Corporate Average... read more January 17, 2014 by 


 
2014 Ford Fiesta 5-door

2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Priced, 45 MPG Highway Too

Ever since Mitsubishi revealed its gas-sipping Mirage was capable of 40 mpg combined, we've awaited the figures for Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta with interest. That wait... read more October 29, 2013 by 


 
2014 Toyota Corolla S

Toyota Thinks Larger, Non-Turbo Engines Can Deliver Better MPG

One of the most popular motor industry trends in recent years has been that of 'downsizing' engines--reducing capacity even in larger vehicles to improve fuel efficiency... read more October 16, 2013 by 


 
Engine bay of Caterham's upcoming entry-level model

Tiny Kei-Car Engine For Iconic Caterham 7 Sports Car

Putting a tiny engine in a hairy-chested sports car doesn't seem like the perfect recipe for fun, but British sports car companies have always been a little... different... read more August 9, 2013 by  3


 
2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Passat Get Smaller, More Efficient Engines

Volkswagen is finally dropping its long-serving 2.5-liter gasoline engine from several models, in favor of a more efficient, downsized turbocharged 1.8-liter. The 1.8... read more July 11, 2013 by  5


 
2012 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

2025 Gas Mileage Reachable With 'Radical Downsizing' HyBoost Engine, Says Ricardo

Noticed engines getting smaller recently? You're not alone. "Downsizing", as it's called, involves using a smaller engine to do the work of a larger alternative--usually... read more June 19, 2013 by 


 
VW logo and sign at opening of Volkswagen engine plant in Silao, Mexico

New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow's cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025... read more June 18, 2013 by  12


 
2013 Ford Focus ST  -  2.0T EcoBoost engine

Two-Thirds Of 2020 Vehicles Will Be Four Cylinders, Ford Says

Four-cylinder engines, often equipped with turbochargers, are very much in vogue at the moment. It's unlikely to change any time soon, either, with Ford predicting that two... read more May 20, 2013 by  3


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Diesel Vs Small Turbo Gas Engines: Does Real-World MPG Matter?

As fuel efficiency standards tighten continuously between now and 2025, buyers will have more powertrain options to chose from. And many have suggested there's a battle... read more April 3, 2013 by  10


 
2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)

Do Small Turbo Engines Really Give Better Gas Mileage?

Back in November, we asked whether tinier, turbocharged engines were really the best way to get good gas mileage. Our assertion was that with the latest generation of small... read more February 6, 2013 by  14


 
Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid sedan

Mercedes-Benz Doubles Down On Diesels For U.S.

Several automakers are finally realising that customers in the U.S. are warming to diesel--and Mercedes-Benz is one of those ready to bring even more models to North America... read more December 5, 2012 by  4


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Smaller Vehicles Getting More Popular, JD Power Survey Says

Will your next car be smaller than your current one? If you answered yes, then you're in good company, as a recent JD Power survey shows that 27 percent of new car buyers... read more July 26, 2012 by 


 
2012 Volvo S60 Polestar

Four-Cylinder Volvos Return To U.S. In Fall 2013

It's been eight years since Volvo offered a four-cylinder car in the United States--in the S40 sedan and V40 wagon--but come fall 2013 the four-pot drought will be over... read more April 17, 2012 by  2


 
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