Ford, one of the two largest brands on the US market, said that Volkswagen, Europe's biggest brand, aims to reduce costs by producing electric and autonomous vehicles in their respective factories.
Hande Berktan from Bloomberg HT reports that 3 sources are planning the production of VW Crafter and Transporter commercial vehicles at the Gölcük plant where Ford Otosan produces Transit and Custom.
Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigün said: & # 39; Ford and VW have talked about developing and producing public vehicles for some time. There is no agreement yet. Even though the study is coming to an end, they are still continuing. After a very short period of time, an official statement will be made by the two Çok companies.
Resources related to the sector, VW Transporter on Ford models, VW Transporters, Transit models in VW Crafter announced planned production. Annual VW 150,000-180,000 units with and said it would divert commercial vehicle production in Turkey.
Turkey in general 552,825 units in 2017, during the period October 2018 January 2018 439 644 The total production of commercial vehicles is carried out. part of the Volkswagen Turkey commercial vehicle production sector said the shift would bring a big buzz.
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Since 2005, Turkey's biggest exporter in the first three companies is between Ford otosan Kocaeli, Gölcük and Yenikoy Factory, Eskisehir Inonu plant and in Sancaktepe in Istanbul which operates in R & D centers.
At the end of 2017, with 440,000 commercial vehicles and 75,000 motorcycle production capacities, Ford is the largest commercial vehicle production center in Europe. Turkey, which has a 67 percent share in the company's commercial vehicle production, reached 373 007 units produced at the end of 2017.
Volkswagen is working to transform the Emden, Zwickau and Hanover factories into the production of electric vehicles. This step aims to change VW from Europe's largest internal combustion engine manufacturer to become the number one electric vehicle manufacturer.
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