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Volkswagen AG CEO confirms commercial vehicle partnership and "other potential cooperation" with Ford

The VW Group and Ford will jointly develop commercial vehicles and have "identified other potential cooperation", CEO Herbert Diess has confirmed at its annual board meeting press conference.

Rumours of a VW and Ford tie-in have been circulating since the start of the month, with speculation that the brands will also develop electric vehicles together. Diess today confirmed the joint development of commercial vehicles is "core to the alliance", and went on to say that bosses had "identified other potential cooperation with Ford outside of commercial vehicles".

However, Diess denies the relationshp will extend to a rumoured full merger with Ford, claiming "that was never the objective of our talks".

At today's conference, Diess also revealed the Group has increased its five-year investment into electric vehicles, autonomous and connected technology from €34bn to €44bn, around a third of the car maker's total expenditure for the period. Of that sum, €30bn will be put into electric mobility, including everything from platform and powertrain development to infrastructure investment. 

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He also sees "few reasons" why the majority of car buyers won't be going electric by 2020, claiming "for those who drive less than 30,000km a year, electric will be their first choice".

Also discussed were plans to improve production efficiency, essential in the cost-cutting aftermath of Dieselgate, by 30% by 2025. 

VW Works council head Bernd Osterloh discussed the brand's desire to be "part of battery manufacturing close to where the cars are produced". Diess added that it "doesn't make sense" to spread EV production across Europe. VW's current trio of dedicated electric vehicle plants across Germany is claimed to be the largest network of EV production across Europe. 

Despite the continued focus on electrification and future mobility services, the brand confirmed that internal combustion engines "will remain important" for several years. "We will offer diesel engines with reduced NOx and carbon levels", Osterloh confirmed. 

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ChristopherMills 13 March 2019

Such joint development will

Such joint development will give rise to new innovation as I read about it on This will let both companies get access to the technology of each other resulting in better products.

frankjames 13 March 2019


jagdavey 18 November 2018

Ford makes a record 13% on every Transit

VW only make 4.5 % profit margin on new cars, whereas Ford makes a whopping 13 % on building vans in Turkey!!! 

VW want to convert 3 of their many factories in Germany to produce electric vehicles & one of those is the Transporter factory in Hannover, & want to shift T7 production to the Ford plant in Turkey.

The only problem is with Ford co-operating with VW on the design & development of commercial vehicles is what will happen to Dunton, UK where they are currently developed??? Also this could be a repeat of what happened with GM getting out of Europe!!!!