Today the Federal Court declared that Ford will pay $10 million in penalties, by consent, after failing to adequately respond to customer complaints about Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles fitted with PowerShift transmission between 1 May 2015 and 29 February 2016.
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Between 2011 and 2016, around 70,000 Ford Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport vehicles sold in Australia were fitted with the company's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Dual-cluch 'boxes are meant to provide faster, smoother shifts than traditional automatics, but the ACCC says that nearly half of all Aussie cars have needed at least one significant transmission repair -- and it's taking Ford to court for it.
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