Ford PowerShift Transmission Availability Increased

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga

Ford's slick-shifting and efficient PowerShift transmission is now available on six different Ford models.

The Ford PowerShift transmission uses the latest electronically controlled twin-clutch technology to challenge the performance and fuel economy of a manual gearbox with the comfort and convenience of a conventional automatic transmission.

Originally launched in the Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX, the six-speed PowerShift transmission is now also available on the Ford Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy.

With the Ford Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy, PowerShift is fitted as standard to the new, advanced 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. On these three models and on the Ford Kuga, Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX, PowerShift can also be specified with the 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine, with resulting CO2 emissions as low as 149g/km.

"We are excited to extend the benefits of the PowerShift transmission to a much broader range of cars and engines within Ford's line-up," said Pat Oldani, Ford's automatic transmission manager.

"PowerShift is the ideal choice for customers who want the comfort and ease-of-use provided by a conventional automatic, but who don't want to sacrifice the sporty responses, superior fuel economy and low CO2 emissions delivered by a manual gearbox."

The Ford PowerShift transmission has no clutch pedal; instead, the gearbox uses two automatically-controlled clutches to shift between gears almost instantaneously, providing a seamless flow of power to the wheels.

PowerShift avoids the inefficiencies associated with a traditional torque-converter automatic, leading to improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

Drivers have the option of using a full automatic mode, a sport automatic mode or selecting gears manually. In sport mode, the transmission adopts a sports shift schedule for more dynamic performance, while manual mode allows the driver to enjoy quick, slick gear changes by moving the shift lever forwards or backwards.

Published 12 August 2010 Staff

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