Ford and Volkswagen Team Up, Trucks and Vans Could Follow

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
ford and volkswagen team up trucks and vans could follow

Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG seem to be on the verge of a relationship that could yield jointly developed products aimed at the commercial sector. It’s looking a lot like the rumored FCA/VW partnership we reported on last year, only that date ended with cold showers.

Late Tuesday, Ford and VW issued a joint statement announcing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two automakers. This “potential alliance” might lead to the conception of any number of vehicles.

The two automakers state they’re “investigating several joint projects – including joint development of a range of commercial vehicles to better serve the evolving needs of customers globally.”

It’s early days still, and neither automaker wants to delve too deeply into the specifics of what this would-be strategic alliance means, or where it could one day lead. Both Ford and VW said the partnership “would not involve equity arrangements, including cross ownership stakes.”

“Ford is committed to improving our fitness as a business and leveraging adaptive business models – which include working with partners to improve our effectiveness and efficiency,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president of Global Markets, adding, “We look forward to exploring with the Volkswagen team in the days ahead how we might work together to better serve the evolving needs of commercial vehicle customers – and much more.”

Naturally, the mind turns to vans and trucks. Ford’s Transit and Transit Connect vans are popular haulers, and then there’s the automaker’s ubiquitous truck line. A Ranger midsize appears this year. Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles remain absent from the U.S. market, though it sells the Transporter and Caddy vans almost everywhere else. Still, what fruit this partnership might bear remains a big question mark.

A Ford spokesperson tried to pour cold water on early reports claiming the two automakers had vans and trucks in mind, telling Germany’s Deutsche Welle that it was too early to speculate on what products might come from this team-up.

The rumors last year of early talks between FCA and VW also mentioned light commercial vans, as well as the possibility of a midsize pickup. Considering VW’s now weighing a production version of its Atlas Tanoak concept and FCA has its own midsize in the works, it looks like those talks went nowhere.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Akear Akear on Jun 20, 2018

    Perhaps Volkswagen can help Ford make the F-150 more reliable. Ford - what a disgrace!

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jun 22, 2018

      60,000 miles and it hasn't seen the dealership since I purchased it (15 F150). First year body with a first year motor so I think thats pretty solid. But I'm sure those Turbos will spit their guts through the hood any day now. After all, I read the rantings of a couple of morons on the internet that said they would. Incidentally the last first year model my family had experience with was a MKII Jetta (85 model). Here nearly 25 years later it remains the single biggest pile of crap to ever grace our driveway totally eclipsing the previous champ (1974 Duster). It took a test drive of a Golf R to make me consider a VW again, but they dont lease worth a darn and I'll be darned if I'm owning the most complex VW money can buy. Fool me once...

  • Frank Williams Frank Williams on Jun 21, 2018

    Now you know what Ford will do when their decision to ditch family sedans bites them in the ass in a few years. Fordwagen Fussant or Focetta, anyone?

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    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jun 22, 2018

      @Art Vandelay Having said that, I know the article mentions trucks but a Jetta GLI with the Ford 2.7 twin turbo under the hood would grab my attention.

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.
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