VW: 60 Models, One Platform

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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Volkswagen will continue its pioneering work testing the boundaries between platform-sharing and brand-engineering, reports Autocar, with a new platform destined to underpin some 60 models globally. The modularen querbaukasten (modular transverse engine, or MQB) architecture will form the basis of models ranging from the sub-Golf Lupo to the Sharan MPV, starting with the next-gen Audi A3 which debuts in Europe in 2011. The key to the platform’s versatility is its adaptiveness to different wheelbases, tracks and wheel sizes. Says VW R&D Boss Ulrich Hackenberg:

It gives us the possibility to produce models from different segments and in varying sizes using the same basic front-end architectur. We can go from a typical hatchback to a saloon, cabriolet and SUV with only detailed changes to the size of the wheel carriers.

The new architecture will allow VW to replace some 18 engine-mounting architectures to a mere two, reportedly providing about 60 to 70 per cent parts commonality between Volkswagen’s biggest-selling models.

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  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Nov 16, 2009

    i think this would work fine in FWD cars that perhaps don't have such a demanding audience (Golf GTI notwithstanding)

  • ZekeToronto ZekeToronto on Nov 16, 2009

    Robert.Walter wrote: In general, Q=FWD, L=RWD and 4/AWD… Actually Q stands for transversely-mounted engine and L for longitudinal. For example, as mpresley pointed out, the B5 Passat shared the A4's platform (PL45) ... however the B6 used a lengthened Golf/Jetta platform (PQ46), complete with the latter's transversely-mounted drivetrain.

  • Accs Accs on Nov 29, 2009

    Man.. Things like this truely amaze me. This is after spending 2 days hunting for pics of their autostadt (that giant car delivery system they have un Germany). The sheer concept.. of buikding 60 models.. on ONE Platform. HEY GM DID YA GET THIS MEMO!!! It almost makes me want to be interested in checking out a Golf GTI or even some Jetta Wagon. I can appreciate their designs. They seem to have a almost.. jene-sa-qua to placement, to interior fittings even to how the front clips work. A bit interesting. I also found out... the reason for the issues with VWs in the U.S. There are essentially two plants that supply to the US. The Wolfsburg plant.. and the one in Mexico. Stay away from MEXICO! But man.. I admit, Im too put off by their current bait offer.. to cover free warranty work for 4yrs. It smells of a bait n switch.. the kind that follows in Hyundai / Kias path. 60 Models.. 1 platform! HEY GM.. YA LISTENING?!

  • Akhristov Akhristov on May 26, 2011

    Guys... What's up with all the ruckus? VW is already using this technology for almost its entire Audi line. The new A4 (B8), A6 (C7), and A8 (D4) are all based on the same platform, and yet look at how different they are from each other. C'mon, do your homework before spreading misinformation.