Not true. There is a version with a 1.0 3 cylinder and conventional transmission. But the 2.0 4 cylinder version still comes with the dual clutch, though it is much improved with the mid 2017 MY. If the article you linked is your source, you need to read it a bit closer.Not improved. Replaced. Starting with 2017 Ford Focus automatics were not supplied with the dual clutch automatics that were so problematic. 2017-2018 Focuses have conventional automatic transmissions. I'm not a fan of automatics (I have a Focus six speed manual) but the transmission in your 2018 should be fine.