The Ford Ranger and VW Amarok tie-up is moving full steam ahead, with the German brand realigning its commercial vehicle management team to ensure a smooth transition to a joint-venture ute product.
New product manager Lars Krause will “concentrate more intensively on the management of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models and on the implementation and expansion of the important cooperation with Ford,” a release from the company stated.
“Due to our model campaign, these ranges of tasks will be crucial for the success of the brand in the coming years. An essential aspect for the future of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles here will be the cooperation with Ford. Among the results that this will bring are the necessary synergy effects – such as for medium-size pick-ups. We urgently need Lars Krause’s know-how and undivided attention in this matter”, said Thomas Sedran, chairman of the board of management for VW Commercial Vehicles.
It is expected the new-generation joint-venture Ford Ranger and VW Amarok models won’t reach production until 2022, meaning the current-gen versions will run until then.
The co-operation agreement between the two companies goes beyond that - VW will also use the Ford Transit large van as the base for its large Crafter, while Ford will build its next-gen Transit Custom upon the all-new Transporter, which is due in the next two to three years.
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