Joined: Nov 2016
"customer demand" notwithstanding, it's cheaper for Ford to make a 'one size fits all' cheap 4 banger, and give it to everyone worldwide. Sticking to just one size and using power-adders is another cost saver.
4 cylinder engines have the benefit of fewer parts, but there's a hidden benefit to the manufacturer: the elastomeric dampers and clever bits to keep vibration down on a 4-cylinder will wear out. When that happens, the once seemingly 'smooth' 4 cylinder engine will now rattle the owner's fillings loose while they drive. The more power the engine's making, the more vibration it'll have, turboed or not.
That works out nicely for planned obsolescence, eh?
The general public doesn't care anymore or even understand the difference between these engines; they just want cheap, and they want economical. If Ford (and other companies) have translated that into "Well clearly they just want 4 cylinders!" and are reaping the benefit of ignorance, then until V8 engines are "cool" again, we'll be back to the early 1900s with basic engine layout.
It's all right with me though - I hate disposable cars. I'll stick with my '67.
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