By on February 1, 2012

Volkswagen unveiled their most important new platform, dubbed MQB (a German acronym for “Modular Transverse Matrix”). The MQB will underpin everything from the Up! to the next (European) Passat, and all points in between.

While the wheelbase can be adjusted to fit different sized vehicles, all motors, whether gas, diesel or hybrid, will use the same mounting points and transmissions. Photos appear to show a raised rear bench seat for better leg room, and stronger steel and more aluminum chassis components will help vehicles like the next Golf shed lots of weight.

The first MQB car will be the new Audi A3, which will debut this summer and be sold only as a sedan in the United States. The new MK7 Golf should follow after that, getting a reveal at September’s Paris Auto Show.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

13 Comments on “Volkswagen Unveils MQB Architecture...”

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Subscribe without commenting

Recent Comments

  • Re: While You Were Sleeping: July 15, 2014

    05lgt - DW is NOT cheap. He’s merely *thrifty*. I can line the imaginary Impreza trunk with a garbage bag and some newspaper; none of it new. $22,500 for a...
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1986 Buick Somerset

    jhefner - Third generation Taurus — the display module was oval shaped to go along with the oval theme of that car, and became know as the “football.”...
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1986 Buick Somerset

    Matt Foley - Because ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) writers use “gage” as a publication standard. GM follows ASME style in its technical...
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1986 Buick Somerset

    fincar1 - I saw a 1936 Plymouth whose radio was a big box stuffed under the dash, with cables to the knobs and dial on the dash.
  • Re: Last First-Gen Volvo XC90 Rolls Out Of Torslanda

    CoreyDL - I didn’t see any complaints of the 3.2 when used in the XC70, either. I’ve always liked the ’70, especially in right colors...
  • Re: Toyota May Kill V6 Camry

    highdesertcat - Correct! And any of the options are good as long as you don’t keep the vehicle past the factory warranty expiration date. Let the breakdowns, repairs and...
  • Re: Last First-Gen Volvo XC90 Rolls Out Of Torslanda

    ItsMeMartin - The 3.2 never seemed powerful enough? That’s strange that everybody seems to hold that opinion. Forums, reviews, magazines –...
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1986 Buick Somerset

    jhefner - I don’t see how an airbag would have worked anyway if the impact sensors and airbag control module were not also installed.
  • Re: Don’t Drink the Google Kool-aid: Autonomy’s Limits in Three Sips

    BuzzDog - As much as I wish for an autonomous vehicle, I readily see a couple of not-so-minor issues standing in the way....
  • Re: Toyota May Kill V6 Camry

    highdesertcat - @ant, thank you for beating me to the punch with your comment. I was just about to write the same thing. Last month I rented a Ryder Volvo tractor and in going...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote


  • Authors

  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • Tycho de Feyter, China
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Faisal Ali Khan, India