Ford & Volkswagen News: Ford Confirmed Production of New Electric Vehicle on Volkswagen’s MEB Platform in Germany

 

As part of the agreement signed between both companies months ago, the German brand will share its modular electric platform with Ford. The first product is expected to be a hatchback with a format similar to the ID.3, but with Ford’s own design, tuning and characteristics. Later an SUV may arrive.

Ford is still in the news these days, as it announced the investment of US $580 million to manufacture the new Ranger in Argentina and confirmed the production of a new electric car in the industrial complex of Cologne, Germany, developed on the Volkswagen MEB platform and specially designed for Europe.

It is worth remembering that in addition to the so-called Cyclone Project that will give rise to the next generation of the Ranger and the Amarok, Ford and Volkswagen signed an expansion of their alliance to share the development of commercial and electric vehicles and connectivity and autonomous driving technologies. This will allow both companies to considerably reduce their costs and increase production volume. It is precisely as part of this agreement that the VAG Group will give the US company its MEB electric modular platform for its own products.

At the moment most of the characteristics of this new model are unknown, only some data that transcended or assumptions considering the characteristics of the architecture created by the Wolfsburg firm: it is expected to be a vehicle with a bearing similar to the Volkswagen ID .3, possibly also of a hatchback type format, positioning itself as a kind of electric Focus. Of course, the brand clarified that it will have its own design and personality, it will not be a clone of the ID.3, taking advantage of the versatility of the platform. “We are very focused that these products will have the DNA of Ford: they will look like a Ford, they will function like a Ford, they will behave like a Ford and they will be built by Ford,” said Stuart Rowley, President of the European subsidiary of Ford.

The manager spoke in plural because it will not be a single vehicle, they also plan to develop an SUV like the ID.4, in this case targeting the North American, European and Asian market. According to what was announced at the time of the presentation of the alliance between both automakers, Ford’s objective is to produce some 600,000 units of its products based on the MEB platform in a period of six years, between 2023 and 2030. In the case of the The first of them is expected to be unveiled in 2023.

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