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Ford, Volkswagen join forces on the new frontier of electric autos - Dotemirates

Ford, Volkswagen join forces on the new frontier of electric autos

NEW YORK — Volkswagen and Ford are teaming up on a massive $7 billion project to attack the new frontier in the global auto market: electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies announced Friday.The German and US auto giants Volkswagen announced they were expanding their alliance accelerating cooperation among otherwise competing global auto giants as they face enormous costs in developing new technologies."It just makes sense for us. It makes both companies stronger," VW chief executive Herbert Diess told reporters. "It makes a lot of sense to combine forces."Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion in capital and assets in Ford's self-driving unit...


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