Ford & Volkswagen Group to cooperate on future commercial vans.
From VWs aspect, they will benefit from Ford’s pick-up truck knowledge. The Ford Ranger has been the best-selling pick-up truck in Europe. The VW Amarok replacement will most likely be based on the Ranger platform.
Ford and VW will also produce small vans based on the ubiquitous Caddy. VW will build an urban delivery van, while Ford will build the one tonne style van for both brands.
From Ford’s side, they will be able to use Volkswagen’s MEB modular electric vehicle platform, which is the basis of the ID Buzz and ID Buzz Cargo. Ford expects to deliver in excess of 500,000 MEB-based electric vehicles starting from 2023.
Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer, said: “Commercial vehicles are fundamental to Ford today and an area where we will accelerate and grow, and working with Volkswagen on these platforms will provide both of us significant financial advantages in things like engineering, and plants and tooling.
“Separately, Ford will add battery electric versions of Transit and F-150 (not sold in the UK) in the next 24 months for commercial customers who increasingly need zero emissions and the power of connectivity, data and artificial intelligence.”
Thomas Sedran, chairman of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said “This long-term cooperation with Ford will strengthen our very good position in the area of light commercial vehicles, especially in our core European markets, and is proof that we are successfully implementing our plan step by step.”
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