Ford, Volkswagen target up to 8 million vehicles in commercial van alliance



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Ford, Volkswagen target up to 8 million vehicles in commercial van alliance

On Wednesday, the Detroit-based United States’ No. 2 carmaker Ford Motor Co. and the Wolfsburg-based German multinational carmaker Volkswagen AG which had sold the largest number of passenger cars in both 2018 and 2019, had issued a joint statement saying that the leading global carmakers’ alliance for pickup trucks and commercial trucks would be making up to 8 million units of medium-range pickup trucks and commercial vans over the lifespan of the units.

In point of fact, latest statement from the Ford-Volkswagen alliance that was spearheaded to turbocharge the productions of pickup trucks and commercial vans in both EU and the US, came forth months after the global automotive industry tycoons had announced an expansion of their alliance into the autonomous driving and e-vehicle technology last year, when the carmakers had also been quoted saying that their joined investment in e-vehicle and self-driving R&D would save billions of dollars each.

Ford, Volkswagen to begin production by 2022

Besides, according to the German- and US-borne automotive industry tycoons Wednesday’s statement, the automakers would collaborate on a 1-ton cargo van engineered by Ford, a Volkswagen medium-range pickup developed on the Ford’s Ranger platform and a city van designed by Volkswagen, while the allied forced had added that the production lines of their newly introduced van would begin production by 2022.

On top of that, the Detroit-based United States’ No.

2 carmaker, Ford Motor Co. would also manufacture a new e-vehicle solely dedicated for Europe based on the VW Modular Electric Drive Toolkit by 2023 and produce more than 600,000 unit over several years, the carmakers added on their joint statement.

Meanwhile, citing an out-and-out optimism over the alliances’ newly announced target to develop up to 8 million units of vans, VW Group Chief Executive, Herbert Diess said followed by the statement, “This collaboration will efficiently drive down development costs, allowing broader global distribution of electric and commercial vehicles, and enhance the positions of both companies.