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Ford readying 11-speed auto?

Ford could be working on a new 11-speed transmission.

A recently discovered patent document has revealed that Ford could be working on a new 11-speed automatic transmission.

The document, unearthed by Auto Guide, details three different version of the 11-speed auto for use in automotive applications. Although the document was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 9, it was actually filed by Ford in October of 2013.

Auto Guide reached out to Ford about the patent, but received the typical company line.

"As a technology leader, we submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business. Patent submissions help protect our new ideas but do not necessarily indicate future business or product plans,” Ford powertrain spokesman Paul Seredynski said.

Ford has already announced a new 10-speed automatic transmission for its 2017 F-150 Raptor, but this is the first we've heard of an 11-speed unit. It remains unknown where — or when — the 11-speed ‘box might land.

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