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Volkswagen Considers Partnership with Ford for U.S. Production

Volkswagen Considers Partnership with Ford for U.S. Production

VW Considers Manufacturing in U.S.

Surprising to many, Ford and Volkswagen have become close friends in recent years with big plans in mind. Ford and VW are already partners for commercial vehicles, but there are quite a few other possibilities going to take place. No, VW will not have equity in Ford. But, the two companies will work together to benefit each other. This won’t be the first-time automakers from separate continents came together for both to benefit. For more details, expect a public statement sometime in January of 2019. For now, this article will cover what is known so far.

The Known & the Unknown

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

While it is already known that Ford and Volkswagen work together on commercial vehicles, the rest is not set in stone. There are quite a few possibilities to take place between the companies. Firstly, VW may build Ford vehicles in Europe. Secondly, Ford will build a Ranger style pick-up for VW. Now, VW has interest in building units at Ford’s U.S. plants. Why you may ask? Most likely due to current threats from the Trump administration. Trump has threatened European manufacturers with tariffs that would ruin their sales in the U.S.. Although an extremely dumb decision, European manufacturers have reason to worry. With a firecracker like this, who knows what will come next.

What Will Come of Ford & VW?

Volkswagen may use For manufacturing plant, in talks with Tennessee for new plant – CNBC Television – YouTube

Many people wonder, what will come of the partnership between Ford & Volkswagen? But, only the future will tell. Recently, VW CEO Herbert Diess spoke to reporters in Washington, D.C.:

“We are building an alliance with Ford which will strengthen Ford’s position in Europe because we will share platforms… We might use Ford capacity here in the U.S. to build cars for us.” – VW CEO Herbert Diess

With a statement like this, Ford and VW will most likely work together in some way, if not all. There is also a possibility that VW will build a second plant. The CEO has stated that VW is in “quite advanced negotiations in Tennessee but there might be other options as well.” In conclusion, the Ford and VW relationship could make for a beautiful friendship between major companies.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is the property of the Volkswagen manufacturer.

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford vs. European Manufacturers

In 2018, Ford decided to stop manufacturing sedans such as the Focus and Fusion. Some may believe this is for a grander plan. Others may think it is a publicity stunt. The truth is, Ford’s passenger vehicle sales have dropped for the most part in 2018. A major reason for this is lack of competition with the European saloon market. With competition from Europe and Asia, Ford was unable to increase sales, declining instead. For now, the U.S. manufacturer will focus on selling the F150 and Mustang.

European Manufacturer Sales in June 2018

BMW M5 F10 - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

BMW M5 F10 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In June alone, European auto makers have sold over 100,000 vehicles. BMW is at the top of the list while Smart barely gains any traction. Surprisingly, Audi falls drastically behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales. As per Alfa Romeo and Mini, their sales figures are in the expected realm. For June 2018, these are the sale figures by manufacturer:

  1. BMW: 29,404
  2. Mercedes-Benz: 28,999
  3. VW Division: 28,941
  4. Audi: 19,471
  5. Porsche: 4,892
  6. Mini: 4,146
  7. Alfa Romeo: 2,249
  8. Fiat: 1,426
  9. Smart USA: 126

As can be seen, the sales start to dwindle after VW and hit a rock bottom at Smart. Alfa Romeo and Fiat, both subsidiaries of Chrysler, need more sales. Sadly, Alfa Romeo is no longer producing the 4C for the U.S. market.

Will Ford Ever Compete with Europe Again?

RIP Cars: Ford Kills These Five Cars – Is This The End of Ford Cars in America? – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube

Whether a possibility, or lost forever, will Ford ever manufacturer sedans again? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, except maybe the administration of the company. With falling U.S. sales, the manufacturer made a tough decision to exit its own country’s saloon sales market. This couldn’t have been an easy step for the decision makers of the company. But, in the end, the European manufacturers are still there with their modern, top notch automobiles. Unless, President Trump decides to start a tariff war with European auto manufacturers. Then, it won’t only damage Europe’s sales, but also strike back at U.S. manufacturers.

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2018 Ford GT Elevator Ride to Porsche Design Tower Penthouse

2018 Ford GT Elevator Ride to Porsche Design Tower Penthouse

Elevator Ride in 2018 Ford GT to Penthouse

At the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isle Beach, Florida, wealthy individuals may park their fine automobiles in their own private sky garage. Not many cities boast the luxury of Miami and its surrounding area. This building, specifically built with a robotic car lift, aims for auto enthusiasts with a large bank account. At the top, the building offers a $32 million USD penthouse. In the video below, a 2018 Ford GT takes a ride to the top in the stunning glass elevator.

2018 Ford GT: Worthy of Euro Auto Enthusiast Respect

2018 Ford GT - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2018 Ford GT – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 2018 Ford GT is a stunning vehicle that usually wouldn’t be discussed on this site. But, due to its relation in the video to the Porsche Design Tower, it deserves a spot.
The 2018 Ford GT sports a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. This motor produces 647 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 GT engine works in combo with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. With a top speed of 216 mph, the Ford GT can reach 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds. Furthermore, on the quarter mile, the Ford GT completes it in 10.8 seconds at 134 mph. Not surprisingly, this car has a roadholding value of 1.11 g. Finally, the 2018 Ford GT has an EPA of 11 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Porsche Design Tower: Miami Luxury

Porsche Design Tower - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Porsche Design Tower – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On April 19, 2014, the Porsche Design Tower began construction. In 2017, the building is officially complete. The Porsche Design Tower is located at 18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Developed by Dezer Properties, this tower is along the Atlantic Ocean at 641 feet tall. The Porsche Design Tower offers stunning views from it’s 60 stories with floor-to-ceiling windows. Most noteworthy, each condo has access to a robotic car lift with private sky garages. For the most elite, there is a $32 million USD penthouse with around 20,000 sq. ft. of space.

Wealth, Wealth, &… Well, More Wealth

$32M Elevator ride with the 2018 Ford GT at the Porsche Design Tower – DragTimes – YouTube

The lifestyle of the wealthy is filled with the best luxury and modern technology. Riding a 2018 Ford GT into Porsche Design Tower is a statement on its own. The 2018 Ford GT is worth over $450,000 and is limited to 1,000 units. On top of this, taking it to the top is an additional $32 million USD. That alone, is $32.5 million USD in assets. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to live this luxurious lifestyle? In conclusion, the 2018 Ford GT is quite the complement to the penthouse at the Porsche Design Tower.