Originally Posted by kam327
Doubt it. It's probably another 0.5mpg increase max similar to the grill shutters. I'd happily take a 0.5mpg hit in order to get a smooth-operating and proven wet DCT.
Whether it's 2 or 0.5 mpg, every little bit matters to carmakers struggling to meet CAFE standards, especially for their highest volume cars. I believe that's why they're all messing with DCT's and CVT's in the first place, since some conventional automatics with a torque converter are already pretty "smooth operating and proven". Toyota and Honda even manage to get impressive fuel economy with them in some cars. Good enough for you or me, maybe, but not for CAFE, which seems to count for more these days.
On top of that, Ford might have calculated that you'd be in the minority when it comes to paying the higher cost (purchase AND maintenace) of a wet DCT, especially in the Focus segment. Maybe on a Fusion they could justify it easier. (That higher cost probably has something to do with the Jetta's lower sales numbers, too.)
I'd be OK with lower mpg for either the manual trans or a conventional automatic, compared to the DCT. I'd still be seeing a noticeable improvement from the 20-22 mpg I'm getting now with my other cars. Not so sure I'd go for the higher cost of the wet DCT, though.
If Ford eventually gets the dry DCT "right" they'll look pretty smart. I hope they do, and soon. It would be a shame if they can't get the reliability of the Focus up to the level the last generation Fusion has seen. I also feel bad for all the "early adopters" whose lives have been made miserable by the thing while they are involuntarily helping Ford get to that point. Just collateral damage to the EPA. (Guess I better be careful to not stray into discussing politics here.)