Volkswagen and Ford to team up and create vehicles together, including utes
The agreement focuses on developing light commercial vehicles, more specifically commercial vans and mid-sized pick-ups from as early as 2022. In other words, the next generation Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger could have quite a lot in common, as could the Ford Transit and Volkswagen Transport. A Ford variant of the Volkswagen Caddy could be on the cards, too.
Under the new plan, Ford will develop and make utes for both brands, as well as develop bigger vans for Europe.
The two companies will also be looking into autonomous driving technology, electric cars and mobility services.
The alliance has come about as it allows the two brands to leverage each other’s resources, reduce costs – which will hopefully be passed onto the customer – while producing vehicles that meet each brand’s individual characteristics.
“Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” Ford CEO Jim Hackett said. “It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.”
Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess added: “Volkswagen and Ford will harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities and complementary market positions to even better serve millions of customers around the world. At the same time, the alliance will be a cornerstone for our drive to improve competitiveness.”