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Ford Will Start Building New VW Transporter This Year

Following years of discussions, Ford and Volkswagen announced a partnership agreement back in 2019 that has since led to multiple new products and shared components between both automakers – though this effort continues to evolve. While VW is building the all-new Ford Transit Connect for The Blue Oval in Europe as a rebadged model, FoMoCo was also tabbed to build the new VW Transporter van at the joint-venture Ford Otosan Assembly plant in Turkey way back in late 2020 as well, since that van is based on the all-new Transit Custom. Now, Automotive News Europe has confirmed that Ford will begin producing the next-gen VW Transporter, as expected, later this year.

Next-Generation Volkswagen Transporter Teaser - Exterior 002 - Rear

The all-new VW Transporter is slated to enter production at Ford Otosan near the end of 2024, which is a big shift considering the current model is a wholly Volkswagen product built in Germany. However, the new Transporter was developed alongside the Transit Custom as part of the partnership between the two automakers, and moving production to Turkey will lower costs, enabling the mid-size van to better compete in a heated segment.

This move also benefits Ford in that it helps the automaker improve its own margins as well. “Obviously, we’re building scale with the VW alliance, so that makes us really competitive,” said Hans Schep, head of the Ford Pro commercial vehicle division in Europe. The joint-venture is investing €1.4 billion in the plant to expand production of both models, which will result in the addition of an assembly line for the Transporter and double the plant’s current annual capacity to 405,000 units.

Next-Generation Ford Transit Custom Lineup - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

In spite of this, the Ford Transit Custom and VW Transporter remain rivals in Europe, and will sport distinct styling cues and other differences designed to set each apart from the other. However, both models will also share some space at the Ford Otosan plant, including the paint and body shop, too.

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.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Colon Robinson

    Reading this that Ford and VW are producing the transporter together??🤔 so we will realistically buying a Ford transit with a VW badge on it? I think it put off the VW enthusiast who have stuck by VW through and through?? SAD NEWS REALLY 😢


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