Alliance Volkswagen-Ford will produce electric cars and pickupsJuly 12, 2019
Companies have announced the need to expand cooperation
Ford and Volkswagen have announced the need to expand cooperation in the field of autonomous driving systems, electrification and the development of new models. The two automakers alliance will give Ford access to the MEB platform and help VW launch the new Amarok.
As part of an alliance that does not provide for cross-ownership of shares, Ford will develop electric cars on the MEB Volkswagen platform. In the next six years, the American brand plans to sell 600,000 battery cars on the European market, with the first mass model of the green line to appear by 2023. However, Ford’s development strategy in Europe provides for not only switching to zero-emission cars, but also strengthening positions in the crossover and commercial van segment.
The same development plan was announced by Volkswagen. The construction of a new mid-sized pickup for the markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America will Ford, but will sell it under different brands. Also, Americans will help VW with the development of a large commercial van, and they, in turn, will create a city van for Ford. According to forecasts, the demand for such machines in the next five years will increase significantly.
In addition to the development of new models and the production of electric cars, Volkswagen, after Ford, is investing in the developer’s autonomous driving system, the Argo AI. Part of the transaction will be the transfer of a subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) and its 200 employees. Argo AI will develop a fourth-level unmanned system for the alliance, which can be used to organize delivery services and ridesharing.
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