An introduction to Volkswagen’s standardised car-building platform
If you’re not familiar with MQB, then you will be soon. It’s a new, standardised way of building vehicles, and it’s being introduced across Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and SEAT.
Its full name is Modularer Querbaukasten (hence MQB), but in English it’s known as the Modular Transverse Matrix.
At its most basic, MQB is a set of standardised components that can be put together in different ways to produce different car platforms. It’s designed to reduce complexity, and it covers all future VWG vehicles with a transverse-mounted engine. In fact, one of the key characteristics of MQB is engine placement – it’s the same in every car.
At the Volkswagen Brand, for example, it covers Polo, Beetle, Golf, Scirocco, Jetta, Tiguan, Touran, Sharan, Passat and Volkswagen CC. Despite their differences, MQB means they could, in the future, all be produced on the same assembly line. It will even be possible to produce vehicles from separate VWG Brands on the same line.
What are the benefits?
By unifying components across huge numbers of vehicles, MQB will deliver a range of benefits to customers. For starters, it means that both high-volume and niche models can be produced at extremely competitive costs.
It also means that vehicles can be tailored to the requirements of specific international markets. That’s important because it will allow the Group to support and grow their model range even further and better serve our customers.
Another important benefit lies within the fast-expanding ‘green’ segment. MQB supports natural gas, hybrid and electric cars – in fact, the Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-Motion has already been announced as the first MQB-based, all-electric model.
The debut of MQB will bring significant reductions in vehicle weight, and will also introduce a number of innovations in infotainment and safety (including the award-winning multi-collision brake, which will be standard in the next generation A3 and Golf). Many of these features were previously only available in luxury vehicles.
When will we see it?
The first new vehicles to be produced based on MQB will be the successor to the Audi A3 and the next generation Golf.