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Old 02-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Red Jay 918 View Post
i'd like to see that "article" stating Ford is or could be working on a DCT or automatic in the ST...... if i can read about Focus RS rumors i'm sure i could hear about this...
I wish I could produce it. I know I had written the ST off as an option as I am so over having to change gears all the time on a daily driver. But after reading the article I allowed it to remain on my list. I have a lot of saved links but I have yet to be able to find it again. It could have been in one of the car magazines in my cardiologist office? Simple marketing is all I need to know. They are missing my sale and thousands of others not having a computer automated manual option, as this has become the norm in the modern automotive world, and Ford wants to sale cars. Back in the day, when the options were hydromatic auto or manual, yes they would offer manual only. But technology is to the point that computer automated manuals are now in the mainstream, not just high end cars. From the article, I remember they acknowledged the problems with the initial launch of the DCT on the 2012 Focus, and that was something they wanted to avoid on the ST, thus it was going to be a year or so before the computer automated manual would be available. But also acknowledging it is the new norm/expectation and they would loose sales if they didn't get it out there and get it right.
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