Ford shifting ahead with dual clutch gearbox

Ford shifting ahead with dual clutch gearbox

The dual clutch gearbox installed in the Volvo S60 Concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show recently is now officially coming to Ford’s lineup. The Getrag-supplied PowerShift gearbox will be available in the new Fiesta when it launches globally 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 model Ford Focus with a 2.0L diesel engine. This 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 12kg less than the 4-speed automatic currently offered and should deliver 9-percent better fuel economy.

The dual clutch gearbox installed in the Volvo S60 Concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show recently is now officially coming to Ford’s lineup. The Getrag-supplied PowerShift gearbox will be available in the new Fiesta when it launches globally 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 model Ford Focus with a 2.0L diesel engine. This 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 12kg less than the 4-speed automatic currently offered and should deliver 9-percent better fuel economy.

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