Volkswagen Could Utilize Ford’s Facilities in the US for Manufacturing, Possibly Strengthening Alliance

김동수 기자 / 기사승인 : 2019-08-13 15:19:02


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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said that the German carmaker was forming a partnership with Ford Motor and could possibly use the US automaker's facilities to build its own cars, following a meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

According to a Reuters report, the CEO said the firm was also thinking of building another car plant in the US and added that they are in "quite advanced negotiations and dialog" with Ford in deepening their "global automotive alliance" that can boost up the car industry in the US.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. echoed Diess' sentiments, saying that negotiations with Volkswagen about a partnership are progressing "very well." However, in regards to the German carmaker using some of Ford's stagnant capacity for car manufacturing, Bill Ford said that the carmakers "haven't gotten that granular" in their discussions yet.

The chairman further said he did not want to express much about the alliance with Volkswagen until they have “a lot of definitive things to talk about.”

The proposed partnership between the multinational carmakers indicates that the era of automakers operating alone is coming to an end; as tariffs, innovative technology, and stricter emission rules splinters markets that were once global.

Companies previously sought vehicles that have a universal global allure to develop markets of scale are now looking for advantages in certain market areas like hybrid SUVs, North American pickup trucks, or European city cars.

In a research note, RBC Capital Markets analyst Joseph Spak said Diess' remarks boost the chances that Volkswagen would utilize some of Ford's unused plants as part of an extensive alliance. He added that a European or Asian carmaker could attempt to obtain some of General Motor Company's unused capacity as well. Last week, GM announced that it is planning to idle five of its North American plants.

폭스바겐, 美 포드 자동차와 손잡다.."동맹 통해 단점 보완한다"

[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] 미국의 포드 자동차와 독일의 폭스바겐이 ‘자동차 동맹’을 결성한다.

CNBC는 포드와 폭스바겐이 동맹을 결성할 경우 자율주행차와 전기차 공동개발, 미국 등에서의 자동차 조립공장 공유, 일부 지역에서의 마케팅과 유통 영업 통합 등 협력이 이뤄질 것으로 전망했다.

자동차 산업의 경쟁이 치열해지고 있는 가운데 포드와 폭스바겐이 각자의 장단점을 ‘동맹’을 통해 보완하려는 전략으로 풀이된다.

빌 포드 주니어 포드 회장 회장은 폭스 바겐과 파트너쉽에 관한 협상이 "잘 진행되고있다"며 "아직 논의되지 않은 세부 사항들은 계속해서 대화해볼 것"이라고 말했다.

[ⓒ 스페셜경제. 무단전재-재배포 금지]

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