What will the faithful say when the find out that the next Volkswagen Phaeton is based on a
Golf platform Audi platform? Like it or not, that’s the way it’s going to be.
Edit: I mixed up the VW platforms. Turns out it will be the longitudinal version rather than the transverse MQB.
Since we live in the era of “economies of scale uber alles“, modular platforms will be one of the best ways to capture the benefits of this phenomenon. Volkswagen’s MQB platform (and MLB, for good measure) should be able to underpin damn near everything in the lineup with its Lego-like architecture.
If Automotive News is correct, the next Phaeton will no longer be a Bentley in drag, but a…well, a
Golf Audi in drag. Sort of. British car rags used to mock the Audi TT as a “golf in lingere”, but the MQB/MLB platform will allow for different engine compartments and wheelbases, while one fixed measurement remaining throughout the platform. This is much more sophisticated than badge engineering. And we better get used to it.