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Automakers promote new pint-sized engines

Downsizing reflects tougher fuel rules, volatile gas prices

9:57 PM, Jun. 21, 2013
Ford's 1-liter EcoBoost engine produces 123 horsepower.
Ford's 1-liter EcoBoost engine produces 123 horsepower.
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After ballyhooing ever-bigger V-8s for years, the auto industry is now jostling for bragging rights when it comes to making usable engines as small as possible - and thus more fuel efficient.

Lately, the attention is on a new breed of 1-liter, three-cylinder motors coming to the U.S.

Small enough for the block to fit in a suitcase, the first modern 1-liter engine for the U.S. is about to arrive in cars from Ford Motor. General Motors plans three-cylinder engines from 1 liter to 1.5 liters in the U.S. BMW is going to put a tiny three-cylinder in a new hybrid. Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz and ...

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