German auto giant Volkswagen is now looking forward to extending a collaboration with its American counterpart Ford to share a new electric platform.
Back in June, both the companies stated that they were considering a development and production alliance that would include light commercial vehicles to strengthen both the company’s performance in their home turf as well as globally.
“Whether we might provide access to other brands outside of the VW Group is theoretically possible, but there is no decision,” Volkswagen CFO Frank Witter told journalists on a conference call for the company’s third-quarter results.
Witter confirmed on Volkswagen’s work on its first MEB-based vehicle that will enter the production lines in November 2019 in its plant in Zwickau, Germany.
The German automaker is en route to build at least 10 million electric vehicles globally that will be based on the first generation of the MEB platform. The company is set to do so with a Golf-size hatchback internally called the I.D. Neo. However, this will soon be followed by the launch of the I.D. Crozz crossover in the U.S. and China.
VW and Ford may broaden their partnership to include collaboration on autonomous driving and arrangements to make vehicles for one another, Bloomberg reported on Oct. 26.