https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-12/bill-ford-says-the-family-business-fits-together-well-with-vw
Bill Ford Says the Family Car Business Fits Together Well With VW
By Keith Naughton, Christoph Rauwald
March 12, 2019

    VW CEO says companies in ‘very good talks’ on collaboration
    Automakers look to pair up on electric, self-driving vehicles

[image]  Bill Ford speaks at CERAWeek on March 12. Photographer: Aaron M.
Sprecher/Bloomberg

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Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, which have been in talks to team up on
electric and autonomous vehicles, make for good partners because both
recognize the extent of the challenges ahead, according to Bill Ford,
executive chairman of the U.S. automaker.

“We fit together geographically really well, product line-wise, we fit
together well,” Bill Ford, the great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, said
Tuesday at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston. “We both came to the
same realization that as big as our balance sheets are, no company can do
this alone.”

Talks between Ford and VW are still at an early stage, Ford said, but
there’s been promising progress made in building on the partnership the two
companies solidified in January to jointly produce commercial vehicles. The
U.S. and German automakers have established a framework for VW to invest in
Ford’s autonomous vehicle partner Argo AI, people familiar with the
negotiations have said. The companies also are considering joining forces on
electric cars.

“We’re really in the early days of exploring what the possibilities could
be,” Ford said. “We have some clear ideas of where we want to go with it and
they do, too.”

VW Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said separately Tuesday that his
company is in “very good talks” with Ford on expanding their
commercial-vehicle collaboration to include autonomous vehicles. Ford also
is considering using VW’s electric-car platform, dubbed MEB, in Europe and
China, Diess said.

“The supertanker is picking up speed,” Diess said in a speech at VW’s annual
earnings press conference. “We are aligning Volkswagen with e-mobility like
no other company in our industry.”

Such a deal could help position Ford for a future where electric and
self-driving cars will help address problems including urban congestion and
pollution, Bill Ford said. He said he’s attempting to re-position the
115-year-old company for the dramatic changes that are coming, which could
include selling fewer cars and developing new forms of mobility such as
electric scooters.

“I’d like Ford to be around another 100 years, and if that’s going to
happen, it’s clear that we really have to branch off into new directions to
try to solve some of these problems,” Ford said. “It’s hard because our
current business model is providing all the earnings and cash flow that fund
a lot of this change. So we have to do both really well. If we don’t make
great cars and trucks today that people want, guess what? There is no
tomorrow.”
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2019-03-13  Bill Ford — chairman of Ford Motor Company and great-grandson of
Henry Ford — has spoken out about the potential for a partnership with
Volkswagen.
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the ...

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and ...

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...
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