Ford, VW call off joint Detroit auto show appearance to announce alliance

DETROIT (AFP) – The Detroit auto show was abuzz over what Ford and Volkswagen (VW) would announce yesterday, after the car giants called off a joint appearance during which they were widely expected to announce an alliance.

The two car giants have been in discussions for more than six months over a partnership to develop self-driving and electric technologies. But a source close to the talks told AFP that they had so far only produced a deal over commercial vehicles. A highly-anticipated announcement at the US premiere auto show in the Motor City was called off late on Monday, and the two sides planned a conference call with reporters instead for the following morning.

“We don’t have enough details yet to go out in front of more than 500 journalists, so we decided to call it off,” Ford spokesman Mark Truby told AFP.

Earlier in the day, Ford Chairman Bill Ford had told reporters that discussions were going well but that they would have “more to say later this week”.