Detroit Auto Show 2019: Ford, VW advance alliance plans on vans, pickups

Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen Group on Tuesday saidthey will collaborate on commercial vans and midsize pickups, and are exploring the joint development of autonomous and electric vehicles as part of a broad partnership designed to save both companies hundreds of millions of dollars.

The global alliance comes as both automakers attempt to shore up their business in overseas markets and navigate rising costs associated with emerging technologies. Both sides have been talking since at least June.