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Ford Fiesta on a power shift


DIVERSIFYING its Fiesta line-up, Ford has announced it will now offer its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with a PowerShift automatic transmission.

The 74kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be paired with Ford’s advanced sixspeed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic - the first time Ford has combined these two technologies - delivering carbon emissions of 114g/km and a fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100km.

Unlike regular hydraulically operated automatic transmissions - which use power-sapping torque converters, wet clutches and pumps - Ford’s PowerShift automatic consists of two manual transmissions working in parallel. Each has its own independent clutch unit controlled by computers and fast-acting electromechanical actuators that shift the gears.
One clutch carries the odd gears (1, 3 and 5) while the other carries the even gears (2, 4 and 6) and reverse. PowerShift is an automatic because the gear changes are coordinated by a computer that directs the clutches to engage and disengage in a way that provides seamless delivery of torque to the wheels, even during gear changes.
The 1.0litre EcoBoost engine uses technologies that include direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to deliver the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency of a smaller powertrain, in this case a three-cylinder engine block small enough to fit into the overhead luggage compartment of an airplane.

The recommended retail price of the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Trend PowerShift is R230 800, which includes a 4-year/120 000km fully comprehensive manufacturer warranty, 5-year corrosion warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan. A Ford Protect roadside assistance plan is in place for three years, while service intervals are scheduled at 20 000km.

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