Volkswagen Transporter commercial variants will be built by alliance partner Ford in Turkey from 2022, according to the latest reports out of Europe.

Under the alliance, the companies have already confirmed Ford will “engineer, source and build larger commercial vans for European customers”, while VW will “develop, source and build a city van for sale in Europe and other select global markets”.

According to Automotive News Europe, the Wolfsburg-based company will first move production of the Transporter T6.1 van from its Hanover factory to Ford’s Kocaeli plant. Passenger models in the T6.1 range will seemingly continue to be built in Germany for the time being.

Thereafter, the next-generation (T7) Transporter is expected to be developed alongside the new Transit Custom, mirroring the approach the two automakers have taken with the Amarok and Ranger.

The Dearborn-based firm recently invested some $2,6-billion to upgrade its Kocaeli site, with plans to hike its annual capacity from 440 000 to 650 000 units by mid-2026.