Although Volkswagen is likely out of the running for an all-out merger partner for Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, FCA and VW may climb into bed elsewhere.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims the German and U.S. automaker have begun discussions to co-produce commercial vehicles and a pickup truck. The joint production would affect European production with no word on the North American market at this time. Fiat’s commercial vehicle lineup and Volkswagen’s Caddy van and Amarok pickup are likely joint-production candidates. The Fiat Toro seems like a likely candidate as well. Could it spawn a new Ram? Who knows at this time.
Neither Volkswagen or FCA responded to a request for comment on the potential production tie-up.
Volkswagen has most recently been pressed to implement cost cutting while rolling out future electric cars. The German automaker’s diesel scandal has cost Volkswagen $25 billion to date.