(NC)—When less power is needed to drive your car (for example cruising) the valves that feed air and fuel into some of the cylinders are closed, effectively shrinking the engine size. Six cylinder engines can operate on three cylinders, thus reducing fuel consumption by up to six per cent.
Source: Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions, produced by the Canadian Automobile Association (www.caa.ca) and Pollution Probe (www.pollutionprobe.org) with support from Natural Resources Canada (www.vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca)
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