The Detroit (MI) Free Press reports seven current and former Ford employees who worked on the DPS6 dual clutch “PowerShift” transmission included in two million Fiesta and Focus cars said knowledge of problems with the transmissions was widespread throughout the engineering, product development, research, design, and manufacturing departments at Ford.
An engineer said the DPS6 was “cheap to make and cheap to assemble,” but the “dry” clutch technology ensured the transmission could not cool itself down, which would result in failures. The Free Press reports engineers told the outlet that they feared speaking out about the issue out of concern that they could lose their jobs during the economic downturn.
The transmissions were introduced in the 2011 model year Fiesta, which went to dealerships in the spring of 2010, and 2012 Focus, which went on the market a year later. They were used until the Focus was discontinued with the 2018 model year and through the 2019 Fiesta model year.