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Rising gas prices causing drivers to turn to smaller, better engines

Published 06/14/2012, AP Auto Writer

Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle. But now, thanks to government regulation and gas-price gyrations, the motors that move the nation's cars and trucks are shrinking.

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