Ford sees increase in V6 demand for F150s

Ford F-150

A story from the New York Times reports that Ford estimates roughly 57 percent of F-150s are being shipped with V6 engines.

Doug Scott, truck group manager at Ford, told the newspaper that V6s today are V6s in name only. "The technology that we have been able to apply has really resulted in much better power output, while at the same time, achieving much better fuel economy."

The popular alternative to the V8 is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, accounting for 47 percent of sales, while the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 accounts for the other 10 percent.

Ford said in the story that they expect its line of V6s to account for more than 70 percent of all F-150 sales.

"In just three years, we have been able to sell over 500,000 EcoBoost-equipped F-150s," Scott said in the article. "The engine has gotten more popular, and we have been in a better position to meet demand."

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