VW And Ford Ready To Announce Global Alliance In Detroit Auto Show?

VW and Ford are allegedly getting ready to announce an expanded partnership at the Detroit Auto Show, one that will go beyond working together on commercial vehicles, according to a report from Reuters.

The report cites two sources familiar with the discussions. “A global alliance is expected to be announced,” one source said, adding that the partnership is set to be announced on January 15 as the final details in the area of electric and autonomous cars are still under discussion.

The second source added that “talks are going well”. VW is looking into whether to invest into Ford’s autonomous driving division, with Ford thinking about licensing Volkswagen’s MEB EV architecture, according to the same source.

Previous reports talked about VW wanting to use Ford’s manufacturing capacity in the U.S., which would save a lot of money for the German carmaker and at the same time keep Ford’s underutilized factories busy and their workers employed.

Ford, on the other hand, is reportedly seeking to jointly develop future models with VW, other than the already confirmed light commercial vehicles, with the two companies still not revealing anything about a possible deal.

If those sources prove accurate, we’ll probably have wait until next week to find out what form this new global alliance will take.

more photos...
  • designer_dick

    I expect this will eventually lead to a merger of the two companies, which will really be a Volkswagen takeover, much like Daimler’s ‘Merger of Equals’ with Chrysler, which was an acquisition in all but name.

    • Belthronding

      you might be right ,simply vw aims n. american market more than ever and ford is considered as key partner.
      but i doubt both companies would end up merger,ford does not have any enough reasons to let that happens.

    • lagunas3ca

      They will never merge. Ford is focused on autonomous tech. Similar to GM but without the misrepresentation.

  • Paul

    I hope Ford has good lawyers and dots it’s I’s and crosses its T’s.

  • I can’t think of any other two companies that deserve each other more, this is going to be fun.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes


  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    This won’t be good for Ford.

2020 Hyundai Grandeur (Azera) Is A Hit In Korea, Racks Up 32,000 Pre-Orders

Facelifted Hyundai Grandeur sales began on November 19 in Korea; prices start from $28,150.

2019 LA Auto Show Roundup: A-To-Z Guide To All The Debuts

The most comprehensive list of all the world and North American premieres at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

VW Atlas Cross Sport R Baja Race Truck Is Mad Max Material

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R will be driven by Tanner Foust.

New Kia Seltos Puts On A Tough Guy Act With Rugged X-Line Concepts

Kia leaves a window open about putting the Seltos X-Line Urban and Time Attack concepts into production.

Bollinger’s All-Electric B1 SUV And B2 Pickup Want To Be The Eco-Conscious Warriors Hummer Never Was

Place a $1,000 deposit today, get your B1 SUV or B2 pickup truck in 2021.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Edition Hopes To Spice Things Up In America

Featuring a more aggressive look, the new 2020 Fiat 500X Sport is the most striking member of the range.

Restyled 2020 Genesis G90 Launches In U.S. With Twin-Turbo V6 And 5.0L V8

The 2020 Genesis G90 will go on sale locally in December, with prices yet to be confirmed.

A New Chevrolet Trailblazer Is Here For 2021, But It’s Nothing Like You Remembered

The Chevrolet Trailblazer has been reborn as a small crossover with tiny 1.2L and 1.3L turbo engines.

Watch Out Tesla, Karma SC2 Concept Has 1,100 HP, 10,500 Lb-ft * And 1.9-Sec 0-60 Time

Karma’s SC2 battery-electric concept is meant to preview the company’s future design direction.

New Lamborghini Vision Gran Turismo Concept Teased Before November 24 Launch

Lamborghini’s Vision Gran Turismo seems to feature a screaming V12 engine.