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With Audi, Mclaren, Ferrari, Ford and Toyota all debuting larger and more powerful engines at Geneva Motor Show this week, is the downsizing trend over?

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With Audi, Mclaren, Ferrari, Ford and Toyota all debuting larger and more powerful engines at Geneva Motor Show this week, is the downsizing trend over?

Yes - it's more to do with rightsizing than downsizing
Yes - downsizing was always a waste of time
No - Smaller more efficient engines will continue to be the main development goal for years to come
Maybe - but it doesn't really matter because the electric powertrain will eventually replace it

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