Ford said it will be investing $350 million in its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new FWD car transmission to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains as part of the company’s plan to fortify its core automotive business. The company will create or retain 800 hourly jobs to support production of the new transmission. Ford expects to begin adding jobs later this year, with the majority coming in 2018 and 2019. In the past four months, Ford has announced more than $2.25 billion in new investments in Michigan. The company has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created a total of nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs during the last five years. The investment in Livonia Transmission Plant is in addition to $1.4 billion and 500 created or retained hourly jobs announced for the plant in 2016 to support production of a new 10-speed transmission for the 2017 F-150 Raptor and certain other F-150 trucks. Ford’s investments are supported by a strong partnership with the UAW, as well as with federal, state, county and local governments. The investment supports production of a new, advanced transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles. This transmission will provide customers better-performing, more fuel-efficient vehicles. It will share software, design elements and manufacturing processes with the 10-speed and other future transmissions. The transmission will be finely tuned to blend fun driving and efficiency with Ford engines, including EcoBoost. Most applications will use a common microprocessor with more than 4 million lines of code controlling both engine and transmission. Livonia Transmission Plant employs approximately 1,800 people. It builds six-speed and 10-speed transmissions used in a number of vehicles including Mustang, F-150, Transit and Expedition.