Ford Will Build 10-Speed Transmissions for Next F-150

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Ford will invest $1.6 billion in two of its facilities in the USA, the Livonia Transmission factory and the Ohio Assembly plant.
As it turns out, the company wants to build ten-speed automatic transmissions at the Livonia facility, while the Ohio Assembly is being upgraded to the latest technologies.

The Blue Oval signed a commitment with the UAW-Ford collective to secure and create jobs in its US facilities, and the latest investment is tied to the deal.

According to Ford, the deal “creates or retains” 650 hourly jobs. The Livonia plant gets the most out of the announced investment, as it will receive $1.4 billion. The Ohio Assembly plant, on the other hand, will be upgraded to build Super Duty chassis cabs.

Currently, the Livonia Transmission plant produces six-speed automatic transmissions, used in the Mustang, F-150, Transit, and Expedition. Ford has announced plans to build a ten-speed automatic gearbox, which will be utilized in the all-new F-150 Raptor.

The same transmission has already been confirmed for “certain F-150 models,” but some say it will also be used in the Mustang. The latter is expected to receive the ten-speed unit with its mid-cycle refresh. The news that Ford might launch the 10-speed automatic in the range of the MY2018 Mustang comes from several reports, which provide the information without quoting official sources.

Until then, Ford will use the ten-speed automatic to boost the efficiency of its full-size pickup trucks and their derivatives. The unit has been designed to work with V8, V6, and inline-four cylinder engines, so it will replace the ongoing six-speed automatic in most Ford models, if not in the entire range - as long as the engine is mounted longitudinally.

The all-new transmission will begin production this June at the Livonia factory. It will take advantage of its ten forward speeds for optimum efficiency and improved acceleration, as it will be able to drive at high speeds with fewer revolutions per minute than a conventional six-speed automatic.
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