Ford Motor Co. says a record sales pace for its Explorer is forcing the automaker to pay for costly airlifts of automatic transmissions from its Bordeaux plant in France to its two U.S. facilities that build the sport/utility. Ford has so far had to charter three Boeing 747s to carry the gearboxes from its Blanquefort-Bordeaux automatic transmission plant and more flights are planned, including one this week. Wildcat strikes last week hampered production for about two hours at two of ...

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