To be known as GETRAG FORD Transmissions GmbH, the joint venture between Getrag and Ford that began on 1st February this year after almost twelve months of preparation, promises to be the beginning of great change in the vehicle transmissions arena. The deal, in which Getrag will manage the production of all Ford's manual transmissions at their plants in Europe, opens the way forward for Ford to benefit from some of the world's greatest transmissions thinking whilst at the same time making best use of highly stretched resources.