Ford and Volkswagen (VW) have signed a contract to collectively develop a pickup truck to switch VW’s Amarok pickup. In all chance, the bottom for the brand new Amarok can be Ford’s Ranger mid-size pickup truck. This transfer will assist each firms preserve the brand new automobile cost-effective. A production-ready model of the brand new mannequin might be unveiled by 2020.
This co-developed pickup will mark the primary stage of the ‘International Alliance’ between Ford and VW. This alliance can be ruled by a joint committee headed by Hackett and Diess; and doesn’t contain any cross-ownership between the 2 firms.
The alliance can also be more likely to have Volkswagen develop a van based mostly on Ford’s Transit platform. It’s going to additionally result in each firms co-developing new electrical and autonomous automobiles, down the road. VW and Ford are each eager on introducing new electrical automobiles to the European market, the place strict rules are being imposed on the event and sale of petrol and diesel automobiles. Beforehand, VW had acknowledged its intention to supply round 2-Three million electrical vehicles by 2025.
Moreover, Ford and Volkswagen (alongside BMW and Daimler) are co-owners of the Ionity scheme, which is creating a community of ultra-fast charging stations throughout Europe. This can assist all these carmakers of their endeavours to extend the EV presence in Europe.