Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix, in any other case often called MQB, turns 10 years previous this 12 months – and its affect on the broader Group’s fortunes is difficult to overstate.
The stretchable, versatile structure (referred to as a ‘toolkit’ internally) underpins greater than 32 million Volkswagens, Skodas and Audis offered all around the world.
Its use means a various array of automobiles of various styles and sizes can share extra parts with each other, decreasing R&D prices and leveraging economies of scale.
Put merely, by ramping up the usage of widespread components throughout various fashions, Volkswagen AG saved a boatload of cash which it’s been capable of pump into electrical automobile improvement.
Moreover, MQB’s ubiquity means high-tech options can extra readily trickle-down to cheaper automobiles.
While shared platforms are hardly new or revolutionary ideas, it’s the sheer scale of the MQB that units it other than most.
There are greater than 20 million VW-badged automobiles alone on the market utilizing it, from the tiny Polo metropolis automobile via to the Atlas/Teramont three-row SUV offered in North America and China.
The first MQB automobile was the 2012 Audi A3, which beat the Volkswagen Golf 7 to market by just a few months.
MQB- and MQB Evo-based automobiles at this time embody (however should not restricted to) the Volkswagen Polo, Golf, Caddy, Tiguan and T-Roc; Skoda Karoq, Kodiaq and Octavia; Audi A3 and Q3, and Cupra Formentor.
“The introduction of the MQB ten years ago was a crucial step,” says Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Ralf Brandstätter.
“The MQB not only serves as the technology matrix for our combustion-engine models with a transverse engine, it is also the backbone of our economic efficiency and resilience.”
While the electrical automobile rollout will ultimately imply the top of MQB (and the associated MLB), the Volkswagen Group has developed a conceptually comparable modular electrical drive matrix, shortened to MEB, which underpins the VW ID.3, ID.4 and ID. Buzz; Cupra Born; and Skoda Enyaq.