Not surprisingly, most cars sold on the market are powered by four-cylinder engines, but V8s also saw an increase in popularity over last year.
So far this year, the number of V8 engines sold in light vehicles has jumped to 18.2 percent from 15 percent of the market, according to new information from Wards Auto. Four-cylinder cars are still about 50 percent of cars sold, while, not surprisingly, six-cylinder engines have been on a constant decline since 2012.
V8 usage is at its highest level in four years, thanks to strong pickup truck sales. The V6’s thunder is likely being taken away from turbo fours, which are supposed to give six-cylinder power with four-cylinder fuel economy. V6 saturation has dropped to 30.3 percent of the market so far this year — it was at 37.5 percent in 2012.
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Oddball five-cylinder engines, meanwhile, are almost extinct, hardly even registering on the tally.
Of all engines sold so far this year, 22 percent of them have forced induction in the form of turbocharging, supercharging or both. This means that the use of turbos has grown almost 500 percent since 2010.
Hybrids account for just 2.1 percent of cars tallied so far this year, which is a three-year low. Low gas prices have probably affected hybrid sales.
Electric cars still only account for 0.5 percent of light vehicles sold, meaning they occupy only 1.5 percent of the whole market.
[Source: Ward’s Auto]