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We noticed that more than a few of the ideas in our new Your Ideas section LINK regarding transmission technology and the availability of various transmission types. We thought it might be helpful to share what Ford is doing right now with transmission technology and the results that customers can expect. We also posted a new poll where you can register your transmission preference.

For those asking for a dual-clutch transmission, it’s on the way... ...PowerShift automatic transmission is based on efficient manual transmission technology, eliminating the additional weight and complexity of a torque converter, planetary gears and the fluid pumps employed in traditional automatics. Electronically controlled, twin internal clutches shift gears quickly and smoothly, providing a seamless flow of torque with the refinement and ease customers expect from a premium automatic transmission...


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What type of transmission do you prefer?

Manual transmission 3 votes 50%

Automatic transmission 2 votes 33%

Dual-clutch automatic transmission 1 votes 16%

Total votes: 6 (at time of posting)
 

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DCT is an excellent choice for small cars with limited torque engines. Up the torque (or weight) and clutch durability (remember you have 2 of the them !) becomes an issue.
 

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...durability (remember you have 2 of the them !) becomes an issue.
but each only has half as many speeds
so wouldn't that keep the durability (statistically) close to regular ones?


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another update:
Manual transmission 40 votes 51%

Automatic transmission 27 votes 35%

Dual-clutch automatic transmission 10 votes 12%

Total votes: 77
comments on the Poll can be read Here
 

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but each only has half as many speeds
so wouldn't that keep the durability (statistically) close to regular ones?
For "silky smooth" shifts, there is a lot of slipping as each clutch engages/disengages. Clutch durability was a major issue back in the development days.
 
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