Ford and Volkswagen Nuzzle Up Even Closer, Reveal Joint Product Push Details

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
ford and volkswagen nuzzle up even closer reveal joint product push details

Wednesday brought an expanded alliance between Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen, with the two auto giants inking a deal for the joint development and construction of a range of products.

Since last year’s tie-up, the desire among the two companies to use each other’s strengths to address gaps in the market has been well known, though today brought specifics.

The Euro-centric plan (Ford claims “other regions” will benefit from new joint products, too) will begin bearing fruit in short order.

Detailed today, the long-in-the-tooth VW Amarok midsize pickup will remain on the market in name only, with the actual vehicle reverting to a new product based on Ford’s Ranger, the two companies said. Entering the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles lineup in 2022, the vehicle will be developed and built by Ford.

Next year could also see the launch of a small Ford van based on the VW Caddy and built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, while the German half of the relationship will see a 1-ton commercial van created by Ford. The Blue Oval already cleans up in this class with its versatile Transit.

Next up is a Ford electric vehicle that should arrive for European customers by 2023. Based on VW’s dedicated MEB architecture, the “highly differentiated” EV will help Ford gain ground in that region’s growing zero-emission vehicle market. Ford’s Cologne-Merkenich facility is tapped for this product, which the automaker claims could see sales of 600,000 vehicles over its lifespan.

“During the lifecycles of the products, the companies expect to produce up to a combined 8 million of the medium pickup truck and both commercial vans included in the commercial relationships,” Ford and VW said in a joint statement.

VW Group CEO Herbert Diess said the coronavirus pandemic has showed the need for “strong” companies to forge “resilient” alliances.

“This collaboration will efficiently drive down development costs, allowing broader global distribution of electric and commercial vehicles, and enhance the positions of both companies,” Diess said.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett called it a “huge opportunity to innovate and solve many of the world’s transportation challenges and deliver extraordinary benefits to customers – even as companies need to be selective about how they use their cash.”

Thanks to billions of dollars in funding between the two of them, the companies also plan to develop “distinct, highly capable autonomous-vehicle businesses” using self-driving tech developed by U.S. startup Argo AI.

[Image: Ford]

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jun 10, 2020

    VW does not want to integrate toxic company culture from Ford. Culture wars at merged company may bring both of them down. Just look what happened with Renault-Nissan alliance. And they did not even merge yet, and never will. Article only mentions cooperation in developing some products to save money.

  • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Jun 11, 2020

    I don't see anything that says they are getting closer, they just released more details about the already announced projects. Ford is giving VW a small truck and a large van to slap a badge on while Ford will slap a badge on a VW small van. Ford will also use the VW EV platform for a euro offering.

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  • Art Vandelay Props for trying something different. EVs should work well in this sort of race. The similar series running ICE run short distances like that
  • ToolGuy Well they wet the track down using sea water - from the South Pacific Ocean. Oceans may have a large amount of water, but it isn't infinite, is it? No, it isn't. So if this sport really takes off, what will happen when the ocean is drained? (And once you put the water on the dirt, how does it ever get back to the ocean?)
  • Bobbysirhan Some friends of mine were dazzled by a CUE demo that circulated on YouTube before this car reached the market. I was bewildered why anyone wanted a car as durable and dependable as their cellphones, but to each their own. One of them did actually show up with an XTS V-sport when the car first came out. He showed people CUE in my driveway, but I don't recall him offering demonstration rides to the assembled imported luxury car drivers. In the months that followed, I never saw or heard about the Cadillac again. He went back to driving his Yukon Denali until I moved away a year or two later.
  • Scoutdude Yes you will have to wait between your 10 second bursts 200 electric ponies. The fact that it lists the continous output of 94 ponies means that is what the battery, wiring or motor can handle w/o overheating. Then there is the battery SOC. There will be some point at which it doesn't have enough charge to produce that 10 second burst and even if you started that 10 sec burst with enough power it may not be able to sustain that for a full 10 sec. So the question becomes which component is the weak link, how long will it take to cool down enough before you can repeat it. If it is the battery did that 10 sec blast no only heat up the battery but also drain it to the point where it needs to be recharged before it can sustain another 10 sec burst.