DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen to make minivans together
US based DaimlerChrysler are collaborating with German automaker Volkswagen to make minivans for the American market. The two companies reached an agreement as per which DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group would be manufacturing minivans for the German rival. These new Volkswagen minivans would be based on the next generation Chrysler and Dodge minivan platform and they are expected to be launched in the market by 2008.
These new minivans would be basically sold in the American market initially. Wolfgang Bernhard, chairperson of the VW Brand Board of Management said in a statement on this deal with DaimlerChrysler: “Although the Volkswagen minivan shares its basic architecture with upcoming Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, this will be an all-new product. With this new vehicle, we are going to enter another important market segment with our own product.â€
This deal is likely to help Volkswagen a lot considering the minivan segment is their shortcoming in the US automobile market. The deal with DaimlerChrysler could help raise their sales by as many as 50,000 more units per year in the coming years. They already have huge expectations from the US market for 2006 with a prediction of improvement in sales by around 5-10%.