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Ford’s new six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission delivers theperformance and fuel economy of a manual gearbox with the comfort andconvenience of an auto.

Ford’s new six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission delivers the performance and fuel economy of a manual gearbox with the comfort and convenience of an auto.

The secret behind PowerShift’s smooth and frugal performance is the use of two electronically controlled clutch units, which ensure seamless delivery of power to the wheels.

The two clutches each control what are effectively separate three-speed gearboxes.

When the driver selects D, first gear is selected in gearbox one and second gear is pre-selected in gearbox two. As the throttle is applied, the clutch is engaged electronically and the car pulls away in first gear. At the appropriate moment drive is switched automatically to the pre-selected second gear and third gear is pre-selected in gearbox one.

Sophisticated electronic control enables gears to be pre-selected according to whether the car is accelerating or decelerating.

 
 
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