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02.20.01<P>LONDON, <A HREF="http://www.just-auto.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.just-auto.com</A> -- After 12 months of preparation, the joint venture between Getrag* and Ford that began at the beginning of the month means there will be great change in the transmissions arena.<P>The report at <A HREF="http://just-auto.com/features_detail.asp?art=444" TARGET=_blank>http://just-auto.com/features_detail.asp?art=444</A> says that the Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH deal includes the initial total production of 1.6 million manual gear boxes a year and a five year deal which sees a large joint investment (more than US$0.5 billion) to develop a complete range of next generation transmissions for Ford over the next five years.<P>These new gearboxes will comprise six speed designs and the new high-efficiency automated manual (AMT) concepts that are beginning to appear on the market as a way to improve vehicle fuel economy and emissions, something that Getrag was the first to market in 1996 when it produced a sequential automated manual gearbox for the BMW M3.<P>The Ford plants involved in the venture are Cologne, Halewood and the Bordeaux manual plant in France but as these are already running close to full capacity additional units are likely to be opened. <P><BR> * Full name: GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie.<P> For the full report see:<BR> <A HREF="http://just-auto.com/features_detail.asp?art=444" TARGET=_blank>http://just-auto.com/features_detail.asp?art=444</A> <P><BR>just-auto.com is the premier online portal for automotive industry professionals worldwide. Targeted specifically at industry and business professionals the site provides a single point of reference for independent automotive industry information. <P>SOURCE: just-auto.com <P>
 

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That sounds like excellent news! It looks like Volvo *might* be getting some great manual transmissions, 6-speed automatics, and possibly a sequential gearbox in the future! Getrag is probably one of the best transmission builders in the world.<P>-Drew
 

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The big question I have is: How long do I have to wait to retrofit one of them into my V70?<P>The transmission is an excellent target for improvement....that's the nicest way I can say it right now.<P>- Darell<P>
 
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