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Three-cylinder engine

  • 2015 Ford Focus SE EcoBoost, Bear Mountain State Park, NY, May 2015

    The 2015 Ford Focus EcoBoost may be the most European car Ford sells in the U.S. It's fun, but not fast. It handles well, and has a small engine that requires energetic use of the manual gearbox to keep up with traffic. That all means that very few U.S. buyers will ever consider it, since fewer than one in 10 vehicles are now sold with a manual transmission. DON'T MISS: 2015 Ford Focus - full review And that's a shame, because once you learn how to drive it, the Focus compact sedan with the little 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is fun--and probably quite fuel-efficient. We hope...

  • Volvo three-cylinder engine
    Volvo 3-Cylinder Engine Echoes Ford, BMW, Daimler & Others With Threes

    Volvo will add a three-cylinder engine to its Drive-E series.

  • 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop, Northeastern road test, Aug 2014
    2014 MINI Cooper: Gas Mileage Review With 3-Cyl Engine + Manual

    The 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop is the first entire, top-to-bottom redesign of the iconic British minicar. In its base form, with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, it runs a bit more than $20,000 and is rated at 34 mpg combined. But it's longer, wider...

  • 2016 Smart ForTwo
    2016 Smart ForTwo: What You Should Know About All-New Minicar

    The new Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour minicar models have just made their world debuts in Berlin, and we've got the details. Thus far, only the two-seat Smart ForTwo has been confirmed for the U.S. It will launch as a 2016 model. While the Smarts will offer buyers in most markets a choice between...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost SFE, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jun 2014
    2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost: Gas Mileage Test Returns 40 MPG

    As a general rule, we like small cars, and small cars with small engines. Eighteen months ago, when we first drove prototype versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost, we knew we'd be eager to get our hands on the little subcompact with the turbocharged three-cylinder engine for a longer drive...

  • New GM Ecotec engines introduced for 2015 cars
    GM's New 3- And 4-Cylinder Engines Face Off Against Ford, VW

    Yesterday's announcement by General Motors that it would launch a new line of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines for better fuel economy was short on some details. Notably, the carmaker only gave two examples of future cars they would power--and even declined to identify the three existing...

  • GM’s next-gen Ecotec engines

    General Motors is stepping up its engine game. Today it released first details of a new range of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines from 1.0 to 1.5 liters that replace no fewer than three separate engine families globally. GM had already shown one variant, a new turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that will appear in the Opel Adam minicar in Europe. ALSO SEE: 2016 Chevrolet Volt To Launch Next Year: What We Know So Far Now we have more details on the range of engines, which General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] is targeting at both Ford’s downsized EcoBoost range and...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta 5-door
    2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Cars Now Being Delivered

    The first 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost cars are making their way into customers' hands.

  • MINI Vision concept car
    Future MINI Models: Engine And Technology Details Released

    Future MINI models will be powered by three- and four-cylinder engines the brand says will combine fuel economy and sportiness.

  • BMW 1-Series (European model) fitted with prototype 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine
    BMW's Three-Cylinder Engine: Same Power, Better Gas Mileage Than Four

    How do you get better gas mileage from engines that create the same power as what you've built your brand on? If you're BMW, the answer is that you launch an entirely new family of small engines derived from the world-famous inline six-cylinders you're famous for. But if you're fitting them with...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)
    2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Prototype: First Drive

    Three-cylinder cars are increasing common in Europe, but aside from the Smart ForTwo, they’re a rarity in the U.S. That’ll change next fall, when the 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost goes on sale here. Its 1.0-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine puts out 123 horsepower (at a high 6,000...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta
    2014 Ford Fiesta Updates: Styling, Interior, MyFordTouch, And EcoBoost

    Along with the new, ultra-fuel-efficient 2014 Ford Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, Ford's subcompact gets a number of other changes for the 2014 model year. These include a revised interior that adds a 6.5-inch LCD touchscreen display and optional MyFordTouch infotainment...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Titanium hatchback, New York, July 2011

    Smaller, more efficient engines will be all the rage for the next 15 years, as automakers work to meet gas-mileage standards reaching past real-world averages of 40 miles per gallon. One of the most eagerly awaited is Ford's three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September. It will replace non-turbo versions of its 1.6-liter four globally. That engine is coming to the U.S in the Fiesta and the Focus, but, according to Motor Trend, the Focus EcoBoost won't arrive before 2014. Best of all, Ford said it is targeting 50 to 55 mpg for the 2014 Focus...

  • 2013 Ford EcoSport unveiling, Delhi Auto Expo, Jan 2012; photos: MotorBeam.com
    2013 Ford EcoSport Crossover Launches At Delhi Motor Show

    In the U.S. market, the vast majority of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles are compact or mid-size vehicles. That's about to change, as Ford continues to launch vehicles that can be sold globally, rather than developing individual cars for specific countries. Today, Ford unveiled its EcoSport...

  • 2009 VW Passat wagon test car w/Bosch-Mahle turbocharged 1.2-liter, 3-cyl engine, from WardsAuto.com
    Smaller, More Efficient: VW Passat With 1.2-Liter 3-Cylinder Engine

    How large an engine do you need in a mid-size car? Just a few years ago, the answer would have been a V-6 of 2.8 to 3.5 liters, perhaps with a base model offering a four of 2.4 to 2.8 liters. Then Hyundai announced in late 2009 that it would abandon V-6 engines altogether for its 2010 Sonata...

  • MINI Rocketman Concept
    An Even Minier MINI: Tiny 3-Cylinder Carbon-Fiber Car In 2014

    If you, like us, think the modern-day MINIs are simply getting too big to be called a mini, then never fear as the automaker is reportedly set to launch its smallest model yet. MINI showed off a new concept car the recent 2011 Geneva Motor Show called the Rocketman, which is probably the closest...

  • Ford Start Concept
    Ford's Gas Mileage Goals Spawn 3-Cylinder Engine, New Hybrids

    Smaller, more efficient engines that equal the power of larger, lazier ones are how automakers all over the world plan to raise fuel economy. Today Ford [NYSE:F] doubled down on engineering as the best way to boost gas mileage, with announcements about three separate technologies it plans to use in...

  • Nissan supercharged and direct-injected three-cylinder engine
    Nissan Unveils Supercharged And Direct-Injected Three-Cylinder Engine

    Hot on the heels of its new dual injector engine comes another relatively unique engine design from Japanese automaker Nissan. The latest innovative design consists of a compact 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with direct fuel injection and supercharger technology, boosting output to what...

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