Ford and VW Further Their Partnership

Ford & VW

Automaker partnerships seem to be popular these days — Toyota and BMW teamed up for the two-seater 2020 Toyota Supra sports car (quite the attention-getter at the 2019 Detroit auto show); in early 2018 GM and Honda partnered to do more with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles; and now Ford and Volkswagen have announced they are amending their original memorandum of cooperation to include a host of unnamed future products. But we have a few guesses.

Related: VW Looks to Ford for Next-Gen Global and U.S. Pickup

With strong distribution networks in Europe and other global markets, VW brings strong assets to the table but could be looking to Ford to provide it with truck and commercial van knowledge. In fact, with Ford's decision to do away with most of its cars, it makes sense for the Blue Oval to partner with a maker of small- and medium-sized two-door and four-door cars, especially in global markets.

On the flipside, the partnership could net Volkswagen a shared-platform deal for the U.S. market. Think a VW-powertrain-sourced Ranger regular or SuperCab or chassis-cab version for the North American market. Maybe a fully loaded crew-cab version that could play in the $40,000-to-$45,000 price range and give VW access to a segment of the market it could never entered with its global Amarok mid-size pickup (it would need significant reengineering to meet U.S. safety regulations).

We also assume that Ford and VW could share many of the upcoming upgrade costs for the Transit Connect van as well as a possible shared platform with the one-ton full-size Transit van.

As you might have guessed, neither Ford nor VW have provided many specifics, but Ford did announce its intent to have a stronger presence in the electrified vehicle arena, possibly offering electric versions of the popular F-150 pickup and Mustang sports car. Of course, Ford had already announced that it would have a hybrid F-150 before 2020, but this was the first time the company implied it would build a fully electric pickup truck to go head-to-head with notable electric pickup truck companies like Rivian, Atlis and Workhorse.

Look for more announcements from Ford in the next few weeks.

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Save your time. I don't do the random links that some guy posts online.

But I do follow stocks.

GM stock is doing fine. GM is doing WAY better than Ford. GM's CEO isn't looking over her shoulder like Ford's. Ford's CEO is toast if their stock drops much more.

I can't help you Robert. With all due respect talking to you is like talking to a drunk.

@ Pappa Jim
As I have said unless you post links you have no relevance

@ Robert Ryan - If you really spoke your mind, you'd be speechless.

Let me tell you this Robert, figure skaters who place in international competitions at the senior level earn prize money ranging from $2,000 to $45,000, depending on the competition and where they place. A few can also score sponsorship deals leading up to Olympic years to help offset expenses, especially if they're in contention for gold.

@Robert Ryan--I realize that VW's truck divisions are separate and are not part of the Dieselgate. VW's interest

@Robert Ryan--I realize that VW's truck divisions are separate and are not part of the Dieselgate. VW's interest

VW's venture is more of a truck venture. My point about Navistar is Navistar gives VW a larger truck presence in the US. The commercial truck market is less interested in Dieselgate than the light passenger vehicle customer. Different markets.

I am less interested in how much figure skaters make or where they place and the same thing goes for stock price and earnings per share when I am buying a vehicle. As an investor yes but GM has some other problems that haven't been addressed which I have mentioned previously I hope they do address those issues. GM needs to start with Daewoo they don't need Daewoo anymore and the labor issues will not go away. If GM got rid of Daewoo you would see their stock price and earnings per share really soar.

Fake news & links

@Jeff S
What I can gather this alliance collaboration is very much a cost/cutting exercise.
VW will get Ford to design the next Generation Crafter / Transit Similar arrangement they VW had with MB and the Sprinter
VW designs a new smaller City based Van for both Ford and themselves using the popular Caddy as a base.
Ford will design the next Amarok/ Ranger, using the V6 3 litre VW engine. I will only apply to the Global version. There will be no Amarok for the US

It look like ford and ww have something in comments low products quality ,,,

this alliance collaboration is very much a cost/cutting exercise

@Robert Ryan

alliance. collaboration.

What happened to the big VW Ford "partnership?" A week ago it was all about PARTNERSHIP.

Did something happen to the partnership? (Besides reality I mean).

Always an alliance no partnership

@ Jeff S
I cannot see GM lasting long in Korea

@Jeff S
" Either he risks losing political capital and thousands of high-paying jobs if General Motors cuts its presence in South Korea, or he faces a public backlash if he uses taxpayer money as a lifeline for the U.S. automaker.

Last week, GM announced it would shut down a factory in Gunsan, southwest of Seoul, and said it was mulling the fate of its three remaining plants in South Korea. It wants help from the government to restructure and keep the plants operating."

GM Daewoo not long for this world

Always an alliance no partnership
Posted by: Robert Ryan | Jan 22, 2019

Last week you practically had them moving-in together. What happened?

will only apply to the Global version. There will be no Amarok for the US...Posted by: Robert Ryan | Jan 21, 2019

Considering the glacial speed of VW's product-development team it's probably five years off anyway. It's like watching paint drying.

When was the last time you saw a new VW on the street and said, Man I want one of those.


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