Carmakers are increasingly focusing on small-displacement engines, faster drives, electronic features and advanced lightweight materials to ensure customer satisfaction while meeting increasingly stringent fuel economy standards, European media Inautonews reported on April 14.
As oil prices fall and automakers focus more on developing the shape of their vehicles, U.S. auto sales are slowly growing with the creed of "bigger is better," as evidenced by increased deliveries of sport utility vehicles, cross-border vehicles and pickups.
One of the ultimate goals is to meet the fuel economy requirements of the United States. Some analysts pointed out, "we are now crossing a critical point. The performance of cars is showing a geometric leap. " Customers are the biggest beneficiaries of cars that use the latest materials, the latest technology, the same power but less fuel for safety and entertainment. In 2005, 66% of North American cars were equipped with 6 cylinder engines, and 28% installed 8 cylinder engines. Today, foreign media predict that up to 51% of cars this year will use four-cylinder engines, while only 14% will use a powerful V8 engine.