Volkswagen is reportedly looking to end their van partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
While the agreement isn't slated to expire until 2016, sources have indicated that Volkswagen has already started to develop a Crafter successor on their own. As we have previously reported, the two companies combined their resources to develop the current generation Crafter and Sprinter. Mercedes had hoped to continue their partnership with Volkswagen, but the latter company has apparently decided to team up with MAN because they own a majority stake in the company.
In related news, Volkswagen announced plans to seek a "domination and profit transfer agreement" with MAN as a way to better integrate their commercial vehicle lineups. Volkswagen says the move would simplify collaboration and increase the competitiveness of both companies.