Wolfsburg, Germany – A new modular method of design and production will revolutionize the way the Volkswagen Group builds cars, the company said. The Modular Transverse Matrix, which goes by the German acronym MQB, will be used in the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands for future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines.
The MQB standardizes many vehicle component parameters across brands and vehicle classes, and offers access to new technologies. It extends from the A0 to the B segment, which at Volkswagen will include the Polo, Beetle, Golf, Scirocco, Jetta, Tiguan, Touran, Sharan, Passat and CC. In the future, all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line, despite their different wheelbases and track widths.
It will also be possible to produce MQB models of different brands together, and the first new vehicles to be produced based on it will be the successor to the Audi A3 and the next-generation Golf.
The MQB allows for the uniform mounting position of all engines, in conjunction with the Volkswagen Group’s modular gasoline engine and diesel engine systems. These engine series will reduce the Group’s engine and transmission variants in the MQB system by approximately 90 per cent. The MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative-drive concepts, including natural gas, hybrids and electric drive.
The new system allows the company to produce high-volume and niche models at extremely competitive costs while maintaining quality. The system can be used worldwide, individually tailoring vehicles to the requirements of diverse markets. The MQB will also significantly reduce vehicle weights in the first launch of products and will introduce 20 innovations in safety and infotainment that until now were reserved for more expensive segments, including a multi-collision brake that automatically initiates braking to reduce the intensity of secondary collisions after an initial one. This will be standard equipment in the next generations of the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf.