STERLING HGTS. MI. May 7, 2008–Ford’s new 6F35 front-wheel-drive transmission is manufactured with the help of Romel Attenberry (right) at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan and will debut in the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. Ford will more than double the number of North American vehicles equipped with fuel-efficient 6-speed automatic transmissions by the end of next year. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.