Following a six-week-long targeted strike against the Detroit Big Three automakers, Ford reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) on a new contract in late October. That deal was later officially ratified by UAW members, paving the way for a new contract that will last until April 2028. This new deal includes an $8 billion dollar investment from Ford in its products and plants, which has been quite revealing in terms of what the future holds, as Ford Authority has covered in detail over the past few weeks, and it also means that production of the Ford 8-speed automatic transmission will continue for the length of the contract as well.
According to this document from the UAW, production of the Ford 8-speed automatic transmission will continue following an investment of $120 million at the Livonia Transmission plant and $230 million at the Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center, which was formerly known as the Van Dyke Transmission plant. According to the UAW, Ford apparently produces a different variant of this gearbox at both plants – the 8FM at Livonia, and the 8F57 at Van Dyke. Currently, Ford utilizes its 8-speed gearbox in a number of models including the Maverick and Bronco Sport, to name just a couple.
Aside from this bit of news, the UAW’s new master contract with Ford has revealed many other interesting future plans pertaining to its products and plants. As Ford Authority previously reported, that includes the fact that production of the 2.0L Duratec I-4, the twin-turbocharged 2.7L Ford EcoBoost V6 Nano and 3.0L V6 EcoBoost, the V6 Cyclone lineup, the 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost, 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost, and 3.5L V6 EcoBoost, the supercharged 5.2L V8, the S650 Ford Mustang, the Ford Transit, and the Ford E-Series, as well as its 10-speed automatic transmission, will continue through 2028, too.