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Old 01-21-2009, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default Ford officially announces dual clutch PowerShift gearbox for 2010

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The dual clutch gearbox installed in the Lincoln Concept C and Volvo S60 Concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show is now officially coming to Ford's lineup. The Getrag-supplied PowerShift gearbox was hinted at on the Fiesta micro-site that Ford recently launched and will be available in the new sub-compact when it launches at the end of the year. Like the DSG units used in a number of Volkswagens, the PowerShift allows full automatic control or clutchless manual shifting. Ford's first PowerShift is already available in the current European Focus with a 2.0L diesel engine. That unit is a wet-clutch system like most of the current VW DSG boxes. The new unit set to debut in the Fiesta is a dry-clutch system that's both lighter and more efficient. The 6-speed PowerShift weighs 30 lbs less than the 4-speed automatic currently offered in the U.S.-market Focus and should deliver 9-percent better fuel economy.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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I never imagined this coming out of my mouth, but I am excited for the Ford Fiesta!

Interesting note about the Fiesta: formerly a Kia Pride that was introduced to the U.S./North American market under the Ford badge as the Ford Fiesta. The Kia Pride was actually a bit more popular in Europe and Korea, especially Germany and actually was (and still used by amateur drivers) as a cheap off-road and road rally car.

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