VW Board to Mull Broader Ford Tie-Up Before next week’s Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen AG is considering taking the next step in a broader alliance with Ford Motor Co., as the world’s largest automaker seeks to position itself for the fundamental shifts sweeping the auto industry.

The talks with Ford are progressing, and VW’s board is scheduled to discuss green-lighting the cooperation on Friday, according to people familiar with the matter. If it’s approved, the companies will make an announcement Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t final.

The two companies’ memorandum of understanding spans potential collaborations across a number of areas, and it’s premature to share additional details at this time, said Jennifer Flake, a Ford spokeswoman. Mark Clothier, a spokesman for VW, declined to comment.