Volkswagen AG tells reporters it’s “theoretically possible” that the company would allow Ford Motor Co. to use its new MEB electric-car platform.
The remark from Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter came in a discussion about a comment last week by Ford CFO Bob Shanks that the two companies are having “very broad” discussions about global collaboration on virtually all aspects of their businesses.
Those talks evolved from a more modest discussion that began in June about jointly developing and making light-duty commercial vehicles.
VW unveiled the MEB (modular electric toolkit) platform in September. The chassis (pictured) will carry 27 EV models that expected to be launched by the group’s Audi, SEAT, Skoda and VW brands before 2023. The group targets annual sales of 1 million EVs by 2025.
The first such model, inspired by VW’s compact “I.D.” concept, is due by about the end of next year.
That model will be built at VW’s plant in Zwickau, Germany, which is being converted into an EV-only factory. VW also plans to build cars on the MEB platform in China and will decide by year-end whether to do the same at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.