Wolfsburg - Volkswagen and Ford are exploring the prospect of a strategic alliance that would involve collaborating on several joint projects.
Among these, says VW, would be the “joint development of a range of commercial vehicles to better serve the evolving needs on customers globally”.
Details are thin on the ground at this stage, but such an alliance could certainly have implications in the bakkie world.
Assuming that work on the next-generation Amarok is not already at too advanced a stage, it could certainly make sense, from a cost perspective, to twin it with the next-generation Ford Ranger.
Much like the current Mazda BT-50, the Amarok would likely share its basic structure with the Ranger, but sporting different styling and a redesigned cabin. Incidentally, the BT-50’s replacement will be based on Isuzu’s next KB, in a deal struck after the Ford-Mazda divorce.