C-Segment always remains incomplete without an automatic transmission. So I am sure this move will be warmly accepted. But unless Ford works on revising their pricing strategy, I don’t think that much is going to work out for them.
Oh this is not launched is it? I thought it was launched already since test drive reports were floating online. Anyways seeing from reviews , this is not much fun to drive like the DSG and also lacks paddle shifters , created to serve the common man.
Ford has launched the New Fiesta 2011 with 6 Speed Dual Clutch Powershift Automatic Transmission at Rs.8.99 Lakhs for Style variant and Rs.9,70,300 (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) for Titanium+. However it is not available with the Diesel models. According to Ford this is a maintenance free gearbox which would need an inspection only in 10 Years or 2.4 Lakh Kilometers. Ford has also informed that we can expect more cars in India with automatic transmission in upcoming year. (Calls for Ecosport AT?)
PS: Ford is comparing automatic transmission with Honda City in their graphical representation online.
Ford is likely to keep the starting price from Rs.7.5 Lakhs for New Fiesta. In that case I am wondering where Classic SXi will be positioned. Either Ford will reduce its price too at Rs.7 Lakhs permanently or both the models will clash together.