Toronto, Ontario – New cars and light trucks powered by four-cylinder engines are continuing to gain popularity in Canada, even in light of the sharp decline in fuel prices in the past six months, according to J.D. Power and Associates. The mix of four-cylinder engines for both cars and light trucks has climbed by at least 1.5 percentage points, compared with the same period last year.
Sales of cars with six-cylinder engines dropped by 1.2 per cent compared with year-over-year figures, but six-cylinder trucks increased slightly less than one percent. The growth in four- and six-cylinder light trucks has come at the expense of eight-cylinder models.
Cars and trucks with four-cylinder engines have consistently moved off dealer lots the fastest, in the first four months of 2009 and during the same period in 2008. Cars with eight-cylinder powertrains now sit on dealer lots for an average of 81 days, which is higher than the retail turn rate for all categories. A year ago, eight-cylinder cars sold in 68 days on average.