Ford Australia to drop four-Speed and five-Speed automatics

Ford Australia to drop four-Speed and five-Speed automatics

Australian Ford is set to drop both its current four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions in the next year. This is a move which could also finally mean the end for the ageing Falcon Wagon (read news item).

An all-new six-speed transmission will debut in the new diesel Territory and four-cylinder EcoBoost Falcon around the middle of next year.

Instead of using the current ZF six-speed transmission, the new six-speed is expected to be attained from Ford’s global parts catalogue.

While the five-speed auto used in the FG Falcon is built in France, the four-speed automatic was developed by Australian company Drive Systems International and interestingly recently purchased by Chinese carmaker Geely.

Ford’s four-speed automatic was first introduced in 1989 with the EA Falcon II. After numerous overhauls and upgrades over the years, it is currently pressed into duty in the rear-wheel-drive Territory and the near extinct Falcon Wagon.

An exact date has not been offered for the four-speed automatic’s demise, but it is expected to be discontinued when Ford introduces an LPG system for the Falcon late this year.

The LPG-powered Falcon will be the first car sold by Ford Australia to feature liquid injection LPG technology. HSV announced last year that it is developing its own LPG/LPI system, but hasn’t confirmed a launch date.

Australian Ford is set to drop both its current four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions in the next year. This is a move which could also finally mean the end for the ageing Falcon Wagon (read news item).

An all-new six-speed transmission will debut in the new diesel Territory and four-cylinder EcoBoost Falcon around the middle of next year.

Instead of using the current ZF six-speed transmission, the new six-speed is expected to be attained from Ford’s global parts catalogue.

While the five-speed auto used in the FG Falcon is built in France, the four-speed automatic was developed by Australian company Drive Systems International and interestingly recently purchased by Chinese carmaker Geely.

Ford’s four-speed automatic was first introduced in 1989 with the EA Falcon II. After numerous overhauls and upgrades over the years, it is currently pressed into duty in the rear-wheel-drive Territory and the near extinct Falcon Wagon.

An exact date has not been offered for the four-speed automatic’s demise, but it is expected to be discontinued when Ford introduces an LPG system for the Falcon late this year.

The LPG-powered Falcon will be the first car sold by Ford Australia to feature liquid injection LPG technology. HSV announced last year that it is developing its own LPG/LPI system, but hasn’t confirmed a launch date.

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