MQB equals economies of scale equals profit.
Introduced in 2012, the Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) platform developed by the Volkswagen Group made its debut on the Audi A3. Later the same year, the new generations of the VW Golf, SEAT Leon, and Skoda Octavia came out with the same underpinnings. Since then, a multitude of models have been launched using the flexible architecture, including the latest Passat/Superb and Tiguan/Ateca duos, as well as the Q2, Kodiaq, and the more recent seven-seat Atlas SUV.
In an interview with German daily Boersen-Zeitung published last Saturday, VW brand chief Herbert Diess revealed the company has managed to make “significant progress” as far as shaving off costs for MQB-based products in the last few months. He went on to specify the platform is going to be used for the next two generations of FWD-based small-to-medium models without having to make any major investments, thus allowing the company to sell cars at a higher profit.
The decision doesn’t come as a big surprise taking into account the entire Volkswagen Group is making some serious investment cuts to save money necessary to face the costly Dieselgate. With the MQB platform, VAG is saving a lot of money by developing a large set of components shared between a wide variety of models.
To further take advantage of economies of scale, VW wants to boost annual output of MQB-based cars from approximately two million in 2014 to as much as seven million vehicles by 2018. As you would imagine, a lot more MQB cars are in the pipeline, with some relevant examples being the next-gen Polo and Ibiza due to come out next year. Both superminis will spawn subcompact crossovers (pictured above), and in the case of SEAT it will be called Arona and has already been confirmed for a 2017 launch. Since we’re on the subject of SEAT, a midsize SUV previewed by the 20V20 concept will replace the Alhambra MPV at some point in 2018 and will also use MQB hardware.
While it’s perfecting the MQB platform, the Volkswagen Group is also working on an equivalent architecture for electric cars. Dubbed “Modular Electric Toolkit” (MEB), it’s going to underpin a plethora of EVs in the years to come as part of the “TOGETHER - Strategy 2025” that calls for more than 30 pure electric models by the middle of the next decade.
Source: Volkswagen via Automotive News