Next-Gen Ford Ranger And VW Amarok May Share Underpinnings

Could the next-generation Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok pickups share a common platform? According to a report from GoAuto, they very well might.

During a recent interview with the Australian publication, VW Group Australia managing director Michael Bartsch hinted that the commercial vehicle joint venture between the two automakers could help lower the costs of the two mid-size pickups moving forward.

“All options are being looked at. All avenues are being explored. I think it would be disingenuous of me to say there is nothing going on with Ford, otherwise Ford wouldn’t be making the comments that they are making, but I am not in a position at the moment to say what it may or may not be.

“What I think is very clear is, in order to be competitive in Australia, we have to get the cost base of the Amarok down. It’s being produced in Argentina and Germany and both of those are high-cost markets for a product that is in the most competitive environment that you can be in,” Bartsch said.

According to the executive, high manufacturing costs in Germany and Argentina’s unstable currency make it hard for the Amarok to compete with cheaper alternatives built in Thailand and Japan. By sharing parts with Ford, the German manufacturer could rectify this issue.

Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have the most prominent pickup collaboration at the moment due to the parts-sharing between the X-Class and Navara.

If Ford and Volkswagen were to collaborate on their future pickups, Bartsch is confident they would do a better job than them.

“If there is a joint venture done, we would do a better job at differentiating the products between the two participants.

“With all the respect I have for Mercedes… I personally think that brands with very definitive cultures and positions in the market be very careful about how they maintain that integrity,” he said.

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  • Bash

    Well, i see this being only beneficial for VW.

    • botornot387

      Not really only beneficial to VW, since purchasing power for suppliers and R&D costs get slashed for both. This isn’t a one time thing and I venture to see this happening more often between manufacturers where it makes sense to combat rising costs and untable economies or tariffs.

  • FactChecker90803

    The forgot to say cheaper products from the USA, since the cost of the American made Colorado, Canyon, Frontier, and Tacoma are cheaper then there Japanese and Thai Made versions.

  • Ilbirs

    A solution to prevent an Amarok from simply being a badge engineered Ranger is making something like what VW did on the second-gen LT and first-gen Crafter vans: the same underpinnings but using different powertrains. They could look like the Sprinter from where they came from but when the key was turned it wasn’t a Mercedes engine running. As these vans are unit bodied and compact trucks are BOF, the thing goes beyond and it could even mean making different cabs and beds for the same frame.

  • AD

    The fire hazard twins.

  • bryceee

    just make bigger profits.

  • dilligaf

    We might yet see a V6 in the Ranger.

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