Wolfsburg - Volkswagen's talks on co-operation with Ford concerning electric vehicles and automated driving are "close to completion", the German company's chief executive Herbert Diess said on Thursday.
The two manufacturers announced in January that they would collaborate on vans and pickup trucks, including a one-tonner to replace the Ranger and Amarok, without ruling out building up their alliance in other areas.
"Talks on cooperation with Ford on (electric vehicle platform) MEB and automated driving are going well and are close to completion," Diess told a meeting of almost 500 Volkswagen managers in Wolfsburg.
In March, Diess said Ford could be granted a license to use VW's Modular Electric Toolkit "MEB" platform - the technical underpinnings of all the future electric cars planned by the German giant.
In exchange, Ford could offer its Argo AI automated driving technology to VW, which this week announced the end of its partnership with American self-driving tech startup Aurora.