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Ford Will Build Volkswagen Transporter Van At Its Otosan Assembly Plant

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Back in June, Ford and Volkswagen signed off on a landmark partnership agreement that set in motion a number of joint-venture projects. One such project is now coming to fruition, according to Automotive News, which is reporting that the Ford Otosan Assembly Plant in Turkey, which currently produces the Ford Transit, will also build the Volkswagen Transporter van in the near future.

Just last week, Ford announced that it would be investing an additional $2.6 billion in the Otosan plant to increase capacity from 440,000 units to 650,000 by mid-2026. That money will also be used for long-term new-generation commercial vehicle projects, according to the automaker. Previously, Ford and Volkswagen announced that the joint engineering of commercial vans would be part of the new partnership.

Ford will engineer and build a new Volkswagen Transporter van alongside the Transit Custom starting in 2022. While neither automaker has confirmed where the new Transport will be built just yet, Automotive News‘ source indicated that it will be the Otosan plant. Currently, VW builds the Transport at its factory in Hanover, Germany, where the automaker will soon start building the all-electric ID Buzz and three other EV SUVs for other VW Group brands.

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Transporter is expected to be built on the automaker’s MQB platform and will be sold alongside the current-gen model until Ford’s next-gen Transit arrives in 2024. VW only plans on building around 25,000 new Transporters over its five-year lifecycle as it focuses on ID Buzz production.

Ford and VW’s relationship is also expected to spawn a Ford-built mid-size pickup to replace the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok, a VW Caddy-based city delivery van built by Volkswagen, a one-ton van produced by Ford, and a European Ford EV built on VW’s MEB platform. Altogether, the two automakers expect these joint projects to produce up to 8 million units.

We’ll have more on Ford and Volkswagen’s partnership very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford business news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. crabbymilton

    I’m telling you folks, they have so many joint ventures I wouldn’t be surprised if FORD and VW merged at some point. Such a merger wouldn’t be the worst thing for both companies. Being that FORD has no sedans, there would be AUDI and VW. VW has no light trucks in the F150-550 so that would complement and mostly complete the new merger being that VW also pretty much owns NAVISTAR. Face it, things are going badly for FORD and they brought it on themselves. However, VW group has had it’s share of flubs so they could either help or hurt each other. HEHE throw BOEING in the mix and see how that goes? 🙂

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    1. Ford Owner

      Why so much gloom and doom? Ford has done partnerships with other manufacturers for decades. They partnered with GM to develop the 10-speed automatic transmission, and with Nissan for several vehicles. Ford was the owner of Jaguar, Volvo, and Mazda, so these companies still have ties to Ford. I can easily bet that you will pass away before the Ford company does!

      They are sharing their Transit assembly plant with VW now, and I expect more sharing for other vehicles in Europe, and in the U.S. too.

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      1. Scott Z

        Ford actually owned ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA-JAGUAR DAIMLER-LAND ROVER RANGER ROVER-VOLVO-MAZDA-COSWORTH. Sadly because of producing sub cars to compete with a sub brand like Chev 20 years ago, FORD nearly folded & we (FORD) lost those exotic brands. Such a Shame.
        I cringe when I hear “GM” co-developed the 10 speed Auto with Ford.
        I’d love FORD to link up with VW-AUDI cause not only with it “save” FORD but what an amazing German Auto Company.
        As for GM I just hope all other Auto Companies steer totally clear of GM (bad risk & name) & they GM go under.

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  2. Jeffrey Sproul

    It wouldn’t surprise me at some point that Ford and/or GM will merge with another automotive company especially with how competitive the auto business has become and the over capacity of manufacturing. I would mourn the fact that if this happened the US would lose their domestically based auto manufacturing but if it happens it happens.

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  3. video AM stereo

    I’ve been a Ford fan ever since I been driving, the only other vehicle I like more than the Ford was the Volkswagen camper and I hope this means that I can once again see Volkswagen campers sold in the United States I especially like what was falia and Dan very have done with the new Volkswagen campers they now have stationary toilet along with all the other features that the Volkswagen camper is known for

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  4. video AM stereo

    All right attempting to post for the third time I am not a robot,. I have loved fords every since I have been driving. The only other vehicle I love more than a Ford would be the Volkswagen camper I would love to see the Volkswagen camper sold again in America, what’s falia and Dan very have done wonders with the Volkswagen camper in addition to everything in the camper that the campers known for there is now a permanent place electric flesh toilet

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