Speaking at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Bill Ford told Crain’s Detroit Business that a co-ownership deal between Ford and VW “never came up” and isn’t likely to happen in the future, no matter how cozy the two automakers get with each other.
“I suppose you never say never, but I sure don’t ever see a day where the Ford family gives its voting control of Ford Motor Company,” Ford said.
Descendants of Henry Ford that sit on the automaker’s board, which includes Bill Ford and Edsel Ford, have 40 percent of voter power among the company’s shareholder’s no matter how much stock they own.
Ford and VW group have also partnered on V2X technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the infrastructure grid, other vehicles and pedestrians’ mobile devices to help make streets safer and less congested. At the time, Ford said it was inviting “other automakers, governments and tech companies to join the significant momentum building for a C-V2X ecosystem,” as a large-scale rollout is essential the technology’ usefulness.
(source: Crain’s Detroit Business)