Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced that all versions of the 2010 Ford Fusion will use a six-speed automatic transmission to help deliver improved fuel economy, increased horsepower and better performance. The new transmission will be mated to the 2.5-litre four-cylinder, and 3.0-litre and 3.5-litre V6 engines.

The 2010 Fusion will mark the first use of a six-speed automatic with the four-cylinder engine in a Fusion, replacing the outgoing five-speed transmission. Ford said that drivers will gain a 10 per cent fuel improvement on the 2.5-litre and at least 6 per cent on the V6 powertrains.

“The 6F35 is a highly intelligent gearbox that provides all the customer wants, including increased power, smoother shift feel, a quieter ride, and good fuel economy in one package,” said Adam Vahratian, transmission systems manager for Ford Powertrain Operations.

The transmission debuted earlier this year on the 2009 Ford Escape, and includes a grade-assist or hill mode to improve driveability in hilly terrain. By the end of 2012, nearly all of Ford’s North American transmissions will be advanced six-speed models.

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