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Cooperation in commercial vehicles: VW and Ford announce Alliance
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the challenges in the auto industry, it takes a lot of money. That's why VW and Ford are coming together now in the case of light commercial vehicles. Long-term goal: a shared self-driving cars are developing.

Volkswagen and Ford are going to tackle the future of electric mobility, together, against the emerging tech giants from the US and China. The largest European car maker and the number two in the USA, announced during the Detroit auto show, a global Alliance, which initially extends to the joint development of smaller commercial vehicles.

as of 2022 should be started with the joint development of vans and mid-size Pickups, such as Volkswagen group chief Herbert Diess and the chief of the U.S. rival Jim Hackett confirmed. In the framework of the cooperation of Ford for both enterprise funds will develop great Pickups and build to come from the 2022 to the global market. So in the short term, savings are to be achieved. Starting in 2023, both groups would benefit from annual improvement in operating Earnings before tax.

Ford and VW want to work together, especially in the case of vans and Pickups.

vans from Ford, City Vans from the VW

In addition, Ford plans for the European market, the development and production of larger vans for both partners, while Volkswagen will bring for both companies, a City-Van on the market. According to the assessment of This, both producers are in the Segment, each too small to be able to worldwide play a big role.

"It is no secret that our industry is in a profound change," said Diess. He and Hackett pointed out that, worldwide, billion would be invested, to the vehicle to convert the supply and to shorten model cycles. "You can't lift it alone," said Hackett. Together, both companies have sold in 2018, a total of approximately 1.2 million light-duty vehicles. Thus, the Alliance would be according to VW, the industry's highest-volume, cooperation in the Segment. Hackett and Diess stressed the jointly-developed vehicles should go under separate brands.

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