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Joint production agreement from Ford and Volkswagen in Turkey

Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG agreed to jointly produce a 1-ton medium commercial vehicle within the framework of their cooperation plans since 2018.

At the Ford Otosan Future Vision Meeting, the most important phase of the new investment of €2 billion envisaged to be made in Kocaeli Plants, Europe’s largest commercial vehicle production base, was announced.

Accordingly, within the scope of the strategic partnership of Ford and Volkswagen, the new generation Volkswagen 1-ton commercial vehicle model will be produced by Ford Otosan in Turkey. With the project phase of €1.4 billion announced today, Ford Otosan’s 1-ton medium commercial vehicle capacity is planned to increase to 405 thousand units.

130 thousand battery installation capacity will be reached

On the other hand, according to what was reported in the statement, within the scope of the biggest investment of the automotive industry announced by Ford Otosan to realize electric and connected new generation commercial vehicle projects, the commercial vehicle production capacity in Kocaeli Plants will increase to 650 thousand units, most of which are export-oriented. In addition, a battery assembly capacity of 130 thousand units will be reached.

When the investment is completed, it is aimed to increase the importance of electric commercial vehicle production in Turkey and at the same time to turn Ford into an electric commercial vehicle production base.

New generation Volkswagen 1-ton commercial vehicle model to be produced by Ford Otosan in Turkey

In addition, the diesel and rechargeable, hybrid electric PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid) versions of Ford’s “Next Generation Transit Custom” family and the full electric version will be gradually ready for mass production and offered to customers by mid-2023. In addition to the fully electric new generation Transit Custom model, the new generation Volkswagen 1-ton commercial vehicle model will be produced in Turkey by Ford Otosan within the scope of the strategic partnership between Ford and Volkswagen. With the project phase of €1.4 billion announced today, Ford Otosan’s 1-ton medium commercial vehicle capacity is planned to increase to 405 thousand units.

Turkey’s first and only electric vehicle integrated production facility will be established in Kocaeli

Ford Otosan Kocaeli Plants will first mass-produce Ford’s first fully electric commercial vehicle E-Transit for Europe by 2022 and supply its batteries in Kocaeli. Thus, Turkey’s first and only electric vehicle integrated production facility will be established in Kocaeli.

As of the first half of 2023, Ford Otosan will start to produce the first fully electric version of the “Next Generation Transit Custom” family with diesel and rechargeable, hybrid electric PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid) versions.

Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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