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Volkswagen og Ford udvider deres globale samarbejde til at omfatte elektrificering og teknologier indenfor autonom kørsel

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Volkswagen og Ford udvider deres globale samarbejde til at omfatte elektrificering og teknologier indenfor autonom kørsel

Tidligere i år indgik Volkswagen AG og Ford Motor Company en alliance, der i første omgang omfattede udviklingen af varevogne og mellemstore pickup-biler. Nu udvides dette samarbejde til at omfatte store fælles investeringer i teknologier indenfor autonom kørsel, og Ford vil udvikle og producere en elbil baseret på Volkswagen-koncernens MEB-platform.

  • Volkswagen går sammen med Ford om at investere mere end 7 milliarder $ i Argo AI, der udvikler teknologi-platforme til selvkørende køretøjer. Denne alliance giver begge bilproducenter mulighed for uafhængig af hinanden at integrere Argo AI’s teknologier indenfor autonom kørsel på et globalt niveau, der ikke er set tidligere.
  • Ford vil bruge Volkswagens elektriske arkitektur og Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) til at udvikle og producere mindst en elbil i høj volumen i Europa til europæiske kunder fra 2023. Ford kan derved mere effektivt opfylde sit løfte om at levere progressive personbiler, mens man drager fordel af Volkswagens størrelse på dette felt.
  • Volkswagen har siden starten i 2016 investeret cirka 7 milliarder $ i udviklingen af MEB-platformen, og Ford bliver det første bilmærke udenfor Volkswagen Group, der får adgang til denne platform.
  • Begge selskaber vil forsætte med at finde nye områder, hvor de kan samarbejde omkring elbiler og på den måde accelerere en overgang til mobilitet, der er både bæredygtig og økonomisk attraktiv.
  • Aftalen med Ford er en hjørnesten i Volkswagens elektrificeringsstrategi og understøtter væksten indenfor e-mobilitet og fremmer den globale indsats for at nå 2050-målene i Paris-klimaaftalen.
  • Ford og Volkswagen følger den planlagte udvikling af varevogne og mellemstore pickup-modeller for hvert mærke, der vil blive introduceret på udvalgte globale markeder i 2022. Mærkernes deling af udviklingsomkostninger forventes at genere markante synergieffekter.
  • Ford vil udvikle og producere en mellemstor pickup og større varevogne for begge selskaber, mens Volkswagen vil udvikle og producere en kompakt city-van.
  • Den globale Volkswagen-Ford-alliance – der ikke indebærer en fusion – forventes at skabe markante årlige effektiviseringer for begge selskaber.

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Ford – Volkswagen expand their global collaboration to advance autonomous driving, electrification and better serve customers

Working together with Ford and Volkswagen, Argo AI’s self-driving system (SDS) is the first with commercial deployment plans for Europe and the U.S. Plus, being able to tap into both automakers’ global reach, Argo AI’s platform has the largest geographic deployment potential of any autono-mous driving technology to date. Volkswagen and Ford independently will integrate Argo AI’s SDS into purpose-built vehicles to support the distinct people and goods movement initiatives of both companies.

Argo AI’s focus remains on delivering a SAE Level 4-capable SDS to be applied for ride sharing and goods delivery services in dense urban areas.

Ford and Volkswagen will have an equal stake in Argo AI, and combined, Volkswagen and Ford will own a substantial majority. The remainder will be used as an incentive pool for Argo AI employees. The full transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

“While Ford and Volkswagen remain independent and fiercely competitive in the marketplace, teaming up and working with Argo AI on this important technology allows us to deliver un-matched capability, scale and geographic reach,” Hackett said. “Unlocking the synergies across a range of areas allows us to showcase the power of our global alliance in this era of smart vehicles for a smart world.”

Company leaders also announced Ford will become the first additional automaker to use Volkswagen’s dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Modular Electric Toolkit – or MEB – to de-liver a high-volume zero-emission vehicle in Europe starting in 2023.

Ford expects to deliver more than 600,000 European vehicles using the MEB architecture over six years, with a second all-new Ford model for European customers under discussion. This supports Ford’s European strategy, which involves continuing to play on its strengths – including commer-cial vehicles, compelling crossovers and imported iconic vehicles such as Mustang and Explorer. Volkswagen started developing its MEB architecture in 2016, investing approximately $7 billion in this platform. The car-maker is planning to use this platform to build approximately 15 million cars for the Volkswagen Group alone in the next decade.

For Ford, using Volkswagen’s MEB architecture is part of its more than $11.5 billion investment in electric vehicles worldwide – and supports Ford’s commitment to offer its European customers a broad range of electric vehicles while meeting its sustainability commitments.

“Looking ahead, even more customers and the environment will benefit from Volkswagen’s indus-try-leading EV architecture. Our global alliance is beginning to demonstrate even greater promise, and we are continuing to look at other areas on which we might collaborate,” Diess said. “Scaling our MEB drives down development costs for zero-emissions vehicles, allowing for a broader and faster global adoption of electric vehicles. This improves the positions of both companies through greater capital efficiency, further growth and improved competitiveness.”

The alliance, which covers collaborations outside of Volkswagen and Ford’s joint investments in Argo AI, does not entail cross-ownership between the two companies and is independent from the investment into Argo AI. The alliance is governed by a joint committee, which is led by Hackett and Diess and includes senior executives from both companies.

The companies also are on track to deliver medium pickup trucks for global customers, aiming to start in 2022, followed by commercial vans.

Equal Shareholders in Argo AI

Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion in Argo AI by committing $1 billion in funding and contributing its $1.6 billion Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) company, which includes more than 200 em-ployees – most of whom have been developing self-driving technology for the Volkswagen Group. As part of the transaction, Volkswagen also will purchase Argo AI shares from Ford for $500 mil-lion over three years. Ford will invest the remaining $600 million of its previously announced $1 billion cash commitment in Argo AI.

The full transaction represents a valuation for Argo AI that totals more than $7 billion.

Both automakers see significant potential, including profitable growth by tapping new business areas tied to autonomous technology.

Argo AI plans to work closely with Ford and Volkswagen to provide the autonomous vehicle tech-nology the automakers need to deliver fully integrated self-driving vehicles that can be manufac-tured at scale for safe, reliable and durable deployment in ride sharing and goods delivery ser-vices.

“Argo AI is fortunate to have a world-class team due to our clear mission and the commitment to deployment from our partners, and together with AID employees, we will have a global workforce to attract even more of the best talent,” said Salesky, co-founder of Argo AI. “Plus, thanks to Ford and Volkswagen, Argo AI technology could one day reach nearly every market in North America and Europe, applied across multiple brands and to a multitude of vehicle architectures.”

Based in Munich, Germany, AID will become Argo AI´s new European headquarters and will be led by AID’s current CEO Karlheinz Wurm. With the addition of AID employees, Argo AI will grow from 500 to over 700 employees globally.

In addition to its global headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., the new location marks Argo AI’s first en-gineering center in Europe and the fifth globally in addition to Dearborn, Mich.; Cranbury, NJ; and Palo Alto, Calif. Collaborating with Ford, Argo AI also is testing its technology in Miami and Wash-ington, D.C., where together they plan deployment of commercial services.

Ford to Use Volkswagen’s MEB Electric Vehicle Architecture for 600,000 Vehicles

Ford plans to design an all-new, MEB-platform-based EV model, which starts arriving in 2023, in Köln-Merkenich, Germany. Volkswagen will supply MEB parts and components as part of the col-laboration.

Both companies also will continue to target additional areas where they can work together on electric vehicles – a key strategic priority for both companies as they drive to accelerate the transi-tion to sustainable and affordable mobility.

The agreement with Ford is a cornerstone in Volkswagen’s electric strategy, supporting the growth of the e-mobility industry and facilitating global efforts to reach the Paris 2050 Agree-ment.

Commercial Van and Pickup Collaboration On-Track

Ford and Volkswagen remain on track in their previously announced plan to improve their respec-tive strengths in commercial vans and medium pickups in key global markets. The work on these vehicle lines will create significant efficiencies for each company.

Ford will engineer, source and build the previously announced medium pickup for both compa-nies for customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and South America, with trucks expected to arrive in key markets as early as 2022.

For both companies, Ford intends to engineer, source and build larger commercial vans for Euro-pean customers starting in 2022, and Volkswagen intends to develop, source and build a city van for sale in Europe and other select global markets.

Volkswagen and Ford have strong complementary commercial van and pickup businesses around the world, with popular models including the Ford Transit lineup and Ranger as well as the Volkswagen Transporter, Caddy and Amarok.

As both companies expect customer demand for medium pickups and commercial vans to grow globally in the next five years, collaborating on these key segments will allow better technologies and more innovation to reach their respective customers more quickly – with better plant capac-ity utilization.



Volkswagen er siden 2011 det bedst sælgende bilmærke i Danmark. I 2018 solgte mærket 31.993 personbiler og 4.703 biler til erhvervslivet. De seneste år har det især været mikrobilen up!, der er blevet danskernes favorit, men også modeller som Polo, Golf og Passat er populære hos danskerne. Hos Volkswagen arbejder vi ud fra målsætningen om at skabe landets mest tilfredse kunder, der skal have kvalitetsprodukter og god service til fair priser. Volkswagen Danmark har ca. 40 ansatte og Mads Ries Lauvring er direktør for Volkswagen Personbiler og Ib Jakobsen for Volkswagen Erhvervsbiler. Volkswagen er en del af Skandinavisk Motor Co., hvor Ulrik Drejsig er administrerende direktør.


Thomas Hjortshøj

Thomas Hjortshøj

Pressekontakt Pressechef Volkswagen Personbiler Dammark

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