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New Fiesta and Fusion Autobox on Motability

Fri, 03 Jan 2003
MAGIC (Mobility and General Information Centre), Ford’s free information service for disabled and mature drivers, today announced the launch onto the Motability Scheme of New Fiesta and Ford Fusion models, which feature Durashift EST (Electronic Shift Technology), a new automatic shift transmission with the logical shift pattern of forward for down and back for up.

Durashift EST has been introduced onto the Motability Scheme as an option on the New Fiesta Finesse, LX and Ghia models, as well as the Fusion 2. All models fitted with Durashift EST will also have the advantage of ABS at no additional cost.

The new transmission provides the flexibility of manual-style shifting with the comfort and ease of use of an automatic. Durashift EST uses a shift lever that is similarly positioned to the conventional manual gear stick, has no clutch pedal and can be driven by people with automatic licences and is therefore ideal for disabled motorists. In an instant, the driver can change from a full automatic to a sequential manual shift with no need for a clutch.

January 2003 prices for the full Durashift EST New Fiesta and Fusion range on the Motability Contract Hire Scheme are:

Fiesta Finesse 5 Door 1.4 advance payment £350, weekly total allowance

Fiesta LX 3 Door 1.4 advance payment £450, weekly total allowance

Fiesta LX 5 Door 1.4 advance payment £550, weekly total allowance

Fiesta Ghia 5 Door 1.4 advance payment £659, weekly total allowance

Fusion 2 5 Door 1.4 advance payment £1,100, weekly total allowance

As prices can change monthly, anyone eligible for the Motability Scheme wanting up to date prices for the Durashift EST range or test drives is asked to call MAGIC (Mobility and General Information Centre) on 0800 240 241, ort link to

MAGIC (Mobility and General Information Centre) provides callers with information on: the Motability Scheme, where to get current information on disability benefit entitlements, mobility assessment centres, charities, vehicle adaptation companies, Ford dealers, specialist holiday companies, Ford vehicles and comparative data on other manufacturers' models.

Contact MAGIC by calling free on 0800 240 241 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday) or by minicom on 0800 1693049. For more information about MAGIC visit


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