Ford and Volkswagen signed off on a landmark partnership agreement back in June 2020 – though discussions began years prior – that has since resulted in multiple collaborative efforts, including a pair of Ford EVs built on VW’s MEB platform, as well as the new Ford Tourneo Connect, which is little more than a rebadged version of the Volkswagen Caddy. There are other potential mashups in the works as well, including a next-gen Transit Connect based on a VW model and the latter’s possible use of the Ford Ranger platform for a future 4×4 EV – though not a Ranger Raptor version of the Amarok, which already rides on those same underpinnings.
However, as it aims to significantly ramp up EV production in the coming years, future Blue Oval EVs may ditch the MEB platform in favor of FoMoCo’s own American-based underpinnings, potentially putting this relationship on the rocks. On the flip side, VW Group CEO Oliver Blume doesn’t believe that’s the case at all, according to Automotive News Europe.
“We only at the beginning of our cooperation project,” the VW Group boss said while discussing the German automaker’s 2022 financial results. Blume also noted that Volkswagen is “intensifying” its relationship with Ford, mere weeks after FoMoCo seemed to indicate that it will scale back its reliance on the MEB platform for future EVs.
Regardless, the two automakers still have plenty of shared products in the works, including the aforementioned European EV crossovers, as well as next-gen versions of the Transit Connect and Transit Custom. When the two companies first announced their partnership in 2020, both noted that they intended to ultimately produce eight million commercial vehicles together, too.