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Ford to introduce dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmission

ABR Staff Writer Published 27 January 2009

In North America in 2010

Ford Motor has announced that it will introduce an advanced dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmission in North America in 2010 for the small-car segment.


According to Ford, PowerShift will deliver the fuel efficiency of a manual gearbox with the convenience and ease of a premium automatic transmission. Overall, Ford has committed that almost 100% of its transmissions will be advanced six-speed gearboxes by 2013.


The company claims that PowerShift can help reduce fuel consumption by up to 9% depending on the application, compared to traditional automatic four-speed transmissions. In Europe, Ford currently offers a PowerShift transmission in the Ford Focus. This PowerShift uses a twin wet-clutch system to handle the higher torque levels of the two-litre TDCI engine available in the Focus.


Ford is leveraging six-speed transmissions, advanced internal combustion engines such as EcoBoost, hybrids, full electric vehicles, vehicle weight reduction and electric power-assisted steering to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions fleet-wide by 30% by 2020.


Barb Samardzich, vice president of global powertrain engineering at Ford, said: PowerShift represents a true competitive advantage for Ford and is one of the many technologies that will help our global small car platforms set a new world standard for efficiency and drive quality.