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Volkswagen and Ford Working Together on Pickups, EVs and Vans
Volkswagen and Ford announced their much-anticipated alliance on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show. The partnership will not include ownership stakes but will start with commercial vehicles.

“Volkswagen and Ford will harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities, and complementary market positions to even better serve millions of customers around the world,” said Herbert Diess, VW’s CEO. “At the same time, the alliance will be a cornerstone for our drive to improve competitiveness.”

Jim Hackett, Ford’s CEO, confirmed that the companies will work together to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups that will come out in 2022.

The companies said in a release that Ford will develop medium-sized pickups for both brands, as well as a larger commercial van for Europe, while VW will develop a smaller city van.

Whether or not this will lead to a medium-sized Volkswagen pickup for the North American market remains unclear, but the companies predict that demand for pickups will increase in the coming years.

“Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” said Hackett. “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.”

As Hackett indicated, the collaboration will, in the future, move onto autonomous, electric, and mobility services.

Volkswagen’s I.D. series of vehicles run on a dedicated electric chassis that it developed at great expense. Ford, so far, has released no details about an EV chassis of its own. It has been working hard on autonomous vehicles, though.

[Source: AutoGuide.com]​
 

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Despite the impact of the Coronavirus, VW and Ford are still going forward with sharing their EV technology.

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are pushing ahead with plans to team up on electric and self-driving vehicles even as the coronavirus derails other projects, according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal is expected to close by the end of next month, with both sides recognizing a need to share the large investments needed to develop battery-powered and autonomous cars, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the negotiations are private.

The talks with Ford are progressing well, a VW spokesman said by phone, without giving further details. Alan Hall, a representative of Ford’s autonomous-car partner Argo AI LLC, said the plan is on track to close in the second quarter. Ford said separately it expects the same.

With the global pandemic bringing the automotive industry to its knees, both companies are keener than ever to move beyond an initial agreement to join forces on light commercial vehicles and mid-size pickups. Manufacturers are being forced to rein in spending amid falling demand for cars, and sharing expenses for new technology can help ease the financial burden.


 
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