Four-cylinder models account for 46% of Chevy sales in 2011
by Eric Loveday
Back in 2007, models equipped with four-cylinder engines represented just 23 percent of Chevrolet's retail sales in the U.S. Back then, both V6- and V8-powered Chevy models outsold the four banger, but now we're well into 2011, and the tide has turned.
So far this year, Chevy models equipped with four-cylinder mills have accounted for 46 percent of the automaker's total retail sales, making the fuel-efficient four the top seller in Chevrolet's engine lineup. Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet, says that the automaker's "investment in advanced engine technology is reflected in the increased popularity of our four-cylinder models." Schiedt claims that these technologies allow modern-day four-cylinder engines to "offer the performance and refinement drivers expect from Chevy" while delivering the fuel efficiency that some of today's buyers demand.
General Motors says that most buyers that opt for a four-cylinder equipped model are downsizing from crossovers and cars with V6 engines and moving into models like the Cruze, Malibu and Equinox.