Volkswagen preparing new platform, will use it on 60 new models |

When you’re one of the biggest carmakers in the world and own a big portfolio of brands and companies which all produce great cars, then you’re bound to want to streamline the whole platform swapping procedure as much as possible, and cut any unnecessary cost like adapting things between various manufacturers.

This is the case of the Volkswagen group, which will be at the end of the year the biggest carmaker in the world. The company has just announced that it preparing a brand new front-wheel drive platform, dubbed the MQB (modularen querbaukasten or modular transverse engine mount architecture, for our non-German readers), and that it will be used on around 60 to 70 new models from companies like Audi, Skoda, Seat, and of course Volkswagen.

“It gives us the possibility to produce models from different segments and in varying sizes using the same basic front-end architecture,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, director of research and development at VW. “We can go from a typical hatchback to a saloon, cabriolet and SUV with only detailed changes to the size of the wheel carriers.”

Set to replace the PQ2, PQ3 and PQ4 platforms, the new MQB will boast some cutting edge equipment, including the fact that it keeps the same distance between the front axle and the pedals, thus removing any customization cost. As such, it will allow the number of architectures for mounting the engine to the platform from today’s 18 to just 2, according to Hackenberg.

Set to premiere on the new 2011 Audi A3 model, the MQB will prove a jack-of-all-trades, as it will be highly responsive to changes in track width, wheelbase and wheel size, and also allow four-wheel drive system to be fitted.

Besides supporting various transmissions, the upcoming MQB also supports power options like petrol, diesel but also natural gas, liquid petroleum gas, ethanol and, with a few modifications, even hybrid units.

Source: Autocar

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