Ford and Volkswagen’s next-generation of mid-sized pickup will release starting in 2023, but the jointly-made pickup won’t come to North America.
In a deal that is sure to shake up the automotive landscape, Ford and Volkswagen announced an alliance on Tuesday to make mid-size pickups and commercial vehicles. Starting in 2022-2023, the two companies would share development costs in the creation of their next generation of pickups and vans.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see these redesigned vehicles here in America.
According to Jalopnik, the redesigned Ford Ranger and VW Amarok that the two companies jointly develop won’t make it to the States but instead will be sold in South America, Africa, and Europe. They quote the president of Ford Europe Jim Farley on this one, so it’s got some legitimacy.
It should also be noted that this isn’t a huge difference in the status-quo. Ford’s reborn Ranger mid-sizer might be based on the international version but it’s been redesigned for the North American market in order to meet automotive legal requirements and the vastly different tastes of the American driver.
What we could see come 2023 is a version of the Ranger/Amarok for the international market and a domestic version for the United States. It’s still too early to tell of course, but that would make a lot more sense than Ford bringing the Ranger back only to kill it off again come 2023.
Ford will design and create the next generation of mid-size pickup for Volkswagen under the agreement, which helps VW re-allocate resources to exploring EV and autonomous vehicle tech--both being the new hotness when it comes to the future of personal mobility.
“Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” Hackett said at the Detroit Auto Show. “It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.”
We’ll have to keep out eyes open to see how this plays out, but sharing is always a good thing.