One of the most popular small cars in South Africa, the Ford Fiesta is now available in automatic guise. Dubbed Powershift, the automatic transmission is dual-clutch gearbox, which most of us have become accustomed to on higher specification vehicles.
Combined with the Ford’s acclaimed and award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the new Powershift enabled Fiesta promises excellent responsiveness and fuel efficiency.
The 74kW/170Nm 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine is paired with Ford’s advanced, six speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission – the first time Ford has combined the two technologies – delivering CO2 emissions of only 114 g/km and a clamied 4.9 I/100 km fuel consumption.
“With its exciting design and technology features, the Fiesta is capturing the imagination of customers around the globe and South Africa is no different,” said Marketing Manager, Gavin Golightly. “The first combination of our award-winning EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine with PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission is a major step forward in this segment and will appeal to many new customers – especially those looking for the latest cutting edge technology.”
Unlike regular hydraulically operated automatic transmissions, which use power-sapping torque converters, wet clutches and pumps, Ford’s dual-clutch 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. As a result, the driver benefits from improved fuel economy along with the crisp acceleration normally associated with a manual gearbox.