Sales growth in 4-cylinder cars rising

Nov 19, 2009

As drivers continue to search for money-saving alternatives, many are choosing cars with smaller, more fuel-efficient engines. Today’s advanced technology has allowed four-cylinder engines to produce the same horsepower once reserved for their larger counterparts. Edmunds.com researchers indicate they’ve noticed a spike in the interest their users have reported in four-cylinder cars, and automakers apparently are noticing.

To keep up with the growing trend, some manufacturers are turbo-charging their four-cylinder engines to increase their power. Chevrolet is offering both four- and six-cylinder versions of popular vehicles and finding customer preference much stronger toward the smaller engines. In fact, after adding the four-cylinder version to the Equinox this year, its sales are up more than 70%, GM reported.