Wednesday 20 February 2019

Volkswagen and Ford put rivalries aside in new alliance to boost competitiveness

Drive: The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit – Ford is to work with VW on building new vehicles
Drive: The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit – Ford is to work with VW on building new vehicles

Christoph Rauwald

VOLKSWAGEN and Ford are to join forces to build pickup trucks, delivery vans and possibly electric cars and self-driving vehicles.

The companies have pledged to put old rivalries aside and work together to confront a rapidly-changing auto industry.

The pair are set to start delivering medium-sized pickup trucks from 2022, Volkswagen (VW) and Ford said in a statement yesterday. The partners are also holding talks for joint work on electric cars, autonomous vehicles and digital services.

"Volkswagen and Ford will harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities and complementary market positions," VW chief executive Herbert Diess said.

"The alliance will be a cornerstone for our drive to improve competitiveness."

The collaboration on vans and possibly other areas show how carmakers are pooling resources to better compete with tech giants like Google.

They are plotting inroads as digital services undermine traditional business models. The partnership will help cut development costs and optimise factory capacity, Volkswagen said.

The tie-up on commercial vans and pickups will improve operating results from 2023, the partners said.

Bloomberg

Irish Independent

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