May 17, 2006

Three of every four new cars equipped with four-cylinder engines

Toronto, Ontario – Almost three out of every four new cars purchased in Canada are equipped with four-cylinder engines, according to a report by J. D. Power & Associates, with the remaining cars usually equipped with six-cylinder engines. Eight-cylinder engines are installed in fewer than one out of every 20 new cars sold.

In contrast, six-cylinder engines dominate the light truck market, accounting for about six out of every ten new light trucks sold. Eight-cylinder engines are installed in about one quarter of all new light trucks, and four-cylinder engines in one in every ten.

Overall, the proportion of all new vehicles equipped with eight-cylinder engines, both cars and light trucks, has risen from January to April, 2006; the report says this suggests that consumer buying patterns have yet to be substantially influenced by recent gas prices.

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