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Old 10-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #78
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Originally Posted by MyThIc3LiTe View Post
You know what the sad thing is?

The Mondeo in Europe has been using the Powershift DCT for quite a long time now, Europeans aren't complaining.

Only in America is this such a big 'problem'.

Actually, to make us feel bad about how much Ford and other automakers hate the North American market here is a list of how the Euro Fusion/Mondeo can be fitted:

Petrol engines and Flexible Fuel engines:
1.6L 110 PS I4
1.6L 120PS I4
1.6L 125 PS I4
1.6L 160PS EcoBoost I4
2.0L 145 PS I4
2.0L 145 PS I4 FFV (Flexifuel vehicle)
2.0L 203PS EcoBoost I4
2.0L 240PS EcoBoost I4
2.3L 161 PS I4
2.5L 220 PS I5

Diesel engines:
1.6L TDCi 115PS I4
1.8L TDCi 100PS I4
1.8L TDCi 125 PS I4
2.0L TDCi 115PS I4
2.0L TDCi 130PS I4
2.0L TDCi 140 PS I4
2.0L TDCi 160 PS I4
2.2L TDCi 175 PS I4
2.2L TDCi 200 PS I4

5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed semi-automatic (PowerShift)

Oh, this isn't the new Mondeo. This was the old one. The one from 2006 to 2012.
Yes, this is all true...there are many more choices in Europe from a powertrain and tire/wheel and suspension combination point of view. However, what your list does not show is the relative price difference between US and European variants.

For example...a 2012 Focus SE US vs. 2012 Focus SE German. I do not have the number but when I was on a conferance call with a German Engineer when I was considering buying one we discussed prices. He told me that the price in the US is significantly lower (he called them a bargain) than Germany and then we pay fewer taxes on the purchase (on the order of $35k to $40k for our $25k to $28k loaded vehicles).

While we may not have as many choices it is clear that the decision was made to keep the costs lower. That is something I can appreciate every month when I pay my car payment!
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