American automakers got caught with their pants down during the 1970s oil crisis when consumers flocked to a new wave of cars with small-displacement engines that were introduced by the Japanese. Eventually, the Detroit Three launched competing products, but it was too little, too late. Lessons were learned, however, and automakers such as Ford are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. When Ford announced it was launching its 1.0L direct-injected turbocharged EcoBoost 3-cyl. ...


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