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Ford Fiesta, Focus transmission problems: 'Everybody knew,' workers say

'Good people tried to make it work. But you can’t violate the laws of physics'

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Ford's $35 million settlement of class action suit under appeal

Case involves dual-clutch transmission issues in Focus and Fiesta

Case involves dual-clutch transmission issues in Focus and Fiesta.

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Hyundai i30 N, so probably Veloster N, to get dual-clutch transmission

Not until late in 2019, but other big changes could soon follow

Hyundai's N Performance division broke out of the starting gate with the i30 N in Australia, fitted exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission. Our first taste of a South Korean blue wonder will be the Veloster N launching later this year, and it also comes with that single gearbox. Hyundai executives told Australian site Car Advice an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is on the way, but that it won't join the party until late 2019. That means we could see it in the Veloster ar

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Focus and Fiesta owners sue Ford over faulty transmissions

Recalls and service bulletins haven't fixed the issues.

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Mid-engine Corvette to get 7-speed dual-clutch, but no manual transmission

New Tremec gearbox will be the only option, according to C/D

The latest: Car and Driver says a dual-clutch automatic from Tremec will be the sole gearbox in the rumored mid-engine Chevy Corvette.

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BMW says no more manuals, M cars capped at 600 hp

BMW might abandon manual transmission for its M models, and the division could cap power to 600 hp for future vehicles.

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Honda Fit, Vezel Hybrids recalled in Japan; US vehicles not affected

Honda has announced a good-sized recall of two popular Japanese-market hybrids: the Fit Hybrid and the Vezel Hybrid are both headed back into the garage. The problem this time around lies in the software program that controls the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) that could "cause a delay in the ability to begin driving or the inability to move at all." In total, 81,353 units are affected (70,929 Fit Hybri

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GM files patent for 7-speed DCT, is it headed for Corvette?

Although a report last year indicated that the seventh-gen Chevrolet Corvette could be getting an eight-speed automatic transmission, it looks like General Motors might have some other plans in mind. General Motors recently filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Of

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Is it time for American carmakers to give up on dual-clutch transmissions? [w/poll]

Last week, in the midst of Detroit's first days seeking relief in Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code, Automotive News contributor Larry P. Vellequette penned an editorial suggesting that American car companies raise the white flag on dual clutch trans

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Vocis' second-gen multi-speed transmission promises lower-cost EVs

UK-based transmission engineering and control specialist Vocis wants to take electric vehicles in another direction, one with dual clutch transmissions. Vocis says its dual clutch transmissions provide seamless shifting and up to 15 percent improvement in EV efficiency. Vocis' DCT is currently on display in a Mercedes-Benz Vito minibus demonstration vehicle.

GM-SAIC patent filing reveals 7-speed dual-clutch trans for FWD vehicles

A patent filing has revealed that General Motors, in partnership with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), is indeed developing a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for front-wheel drive applications. It's rumored that this trans will eventually find its way into The General's passenger car models like the four-door Eric Loveday

Report: Fiat's new DCT porting over to Chrysler models by 2013

What did we tell you? It's all about synergy, people. Automakers around the world are aligning themselves into a constricting cadre of corporate groups, all in the aim of sharing resources. So when Fiat, for example, has a winner on its hands – be it a new platform, a new transmission or anything in between – you know it'll only be a matter of time before it finds its way to Chrysler

Greenlings: Why do automatic transmissions now get better fuel efficiency than manuals?

Why do automatic transmissions now get better fuel efficiency than manuals?

Not so long ago, it was common for automatic transmissions to be referred to as slushboxes, since that's how they often behaved. Rather than use a mechanical clutch, traditional automatic transmissions use a fluid coupling between the engine and the gear-sets to transmit drive torque. This provides some benefits, but isn't a perfect system.

General Motors, SAIC to jointly develop small engine and dual clutch transmission

General Motors has reached an agreement with one of its primary Chinese partners, Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp. (SAIC), on the joint development of powertrains for small vehicles.

General Motors and SAIC to jointly develop small engine and dual clutch transmission

General Motors has reached an agreement with one of its primary Chinese partners, Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp. (SAIC), on the joint development of powertrains for small vehicles.

Double-clutch transmissions graduate to the world of commercial trucks

Fuso Duonic dual-clutch-transmission – Click above to enlarge

SAE 2010: Affordable technology key to meeting the 2016 CAFE rules

Affordability as the watchword Tuesday as automotive engineers at the SAE World Congress discussed how to meet the new 2016 corporate average fuel economy standards. Automakers will have to get their fleets to an average of 34.1 miles per gallon (35.5 equivalent with other factors for the EPA CO2 limits). Most automakers are already well on their way to this level with their next-generation designs. However, to do it they will

Ford starts production of 6-speed dual clutch PowerShift transmission

Ford PowerShift transmissions on the line – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford starts production of six-speed dual clutch PowerShift transmission

Ford PowerShift transmissions on the line – Click above for high-res image gallery

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