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Old 01-27-2013, 02:09 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Shorty Long View Post
What do you think the chances are Ford comes out with an auto transmission option for the ST...select shift with paddles?

I'm cool with the manual, but I would need an automatic option if I were to purchase since my wife has no experience with a manual transmission.
It will probably happen by or in the 2014 model year. I have tried to find the article I read where someone was interviewing someone from R&D at Ford. They said they were working on it. The DCT was going to need to be beefed up and they were going to get it right before they introduced it, unlike the DCT in the 2012 Focus. In most any given high performance model car that comes with a DCT/DSG and a manual option. The DCT/DSG outsells the manual by like 60/40 or more. So Ford knows they are missing a lot of sales without the DCT/DSG option. This car thing is a money thing for Ford and I am sure they want to capture all those missing sales. I would likely buy one myself when it comes with the DCT.
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