In 12 years, half of all vehicles sold in North America will feature 6-speed automatic transmissions, Ford Motor Co. says while announcing a $325 million investment in the technology. Ford will retool its transmission plants in Livonia, MI, and Sharonville, OH, with expenditures of $170 million and $155 million, respectively. Production at both sites is expected to begin in 2005. Livonia will build the new transmissions, while Sharonville, located near Cincinnati, will machine and ...

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