American media: automobile engine tends to miniaturization & high performance
Car makers are increasingly looking to smaller engines, faster transmission, electronic features and advanced lightweight materials to keep customers satisfied while adapting to increasingly stringent fuel economy standards, European media inautonewsreported on April 14.
As oil prices fall and carmakers focus more on the physical design of their vehicles, us car sales are slowly growing with the "bigger is better" doctrine, reflected in the rise in deliveries of suvs, crossovers and pickups.
One of the ultimate goals is to meet U.S. fuel economy requirements. Analysts say, "we are now crossing a tipping point. The performance of the car is taking on a geometric leap." Customers are the biggest beneficiaries, buying cars that use the latest materials, the most advanced technology, and achieve the same power but use less fuel in terms of safety and entertainment. In 2005, 66 percent of north American cars had six-cylinder engines and 28 percent had eight-cylinder engines. Today, foreign media predict that up to 51% of cars this year will have a four-cylinder engine, while only 14% will have a powerful V8.