Auto News: New Truck MPG Crown; Ford EcoBoost Sales

Chevrolet Colorado Diesel


General Motors is really excited about this one. The automaker claims its 2016 Diesel Chevy Colorado and 2016 Diesel GMC Canyon midsize pickups are now the most fuel efficient on the market. The claim comes with an EPA estimated 31-mpg highway rating for both of the two-wheel drive models.

“The Colorado Duramax diesel is in a league of its own,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Colorado’s gas models already led the segment in fuel efficiency, and the new diesel – which no other non-GM competitor offers on a midsize truck – gives customers even greater freedom to go where they want with fewer fill-ups.”

Specifically, we’re talking about the 2016 Colorado 2WD Duramax turbo-diesel and the all-new 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax turbo-diesel. Head into four-wheel-drive territory and fuel efficiency drops off. The 4WD Colorado model offers an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. Canyon diesel 4WD  models are rated at 20 city and 29 highway and 23 mpg combined.

With the recent scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s diesels, GM is also taking special care to note that the emission control systems on both diesel trucks have been extensively tested and evaluated. GM says the EPA has issued a Certificate of Conformity for both models.


Ford will probably soon be celebrating a big milestone, and that’s selling one million EcoBoost vehicles in a single year. The automaker’s turbocharged engine sales are up, way up, 46 percent year-to-date. That puts it on tracks to make the record books by hitting the one million mark for the first time by the end of 2015.

“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance along with the capability of impressive fuel efficiency,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “Ford leadership in clean gasoline turbocharged engine technology is paying dividends as evidenced by EcoBoost sales growth.”

In 2015, Ford offers its EcoBoost engine on every non-hybrid light-duty passenger vehicle in its U.S. lineup. The best selling EcoBoost-equipped vehicles are the F-150, Escape and Fusion. Through October, Ford sold 210,239 EcoBoost-powered F-150 trucks in the United States. Escape is the company’s next best-selling EcoBoost-equipped vehicle, with sales of 203,855 vehicles. Fusion, at 105,999 EcoBoost-equipped cars sold, claims the third spot.

Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family now includes the 1.0-liter three-cylinder; 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter four-cylinder engines; and the powerful 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines. A Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 debuts in 2016.

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