PARIS – Ford will start making 6-speed, front-wheel-drive, automatic transmissions in France July 4 on an all-new assembly line that will preserve 1,000 jobs in a factory the auto maker sold four years ago. “Things change quickly,” Ford spokesman Fabrice Devanlay says after a political event at the site in Blanquefort, near Bordeaux. Ford sold the plant in 2009, although some work continued there, and bought it back early in 2011. Employment once was 1,600, but it has ...

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