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However, the Golf VII’s arrival is significant not only because it’s a huge seller (particularly in Europe) but because it also marks the first use of VW’s new MQB (Modularen Querbaukasten or Modular Transverse Matrix) vehicle architecture, which can be adapted for a huge range of different vehicles, from small sub compacts like the Polo, to large family sedans such as the Passat.
In addition, MQB was also conceived to be manufactured at different facilities world wide and even adapted for different brand vehicles within the VW group, such as Audi, Seat and Skoda. All of these different companies will utilize the same production equipment that can accommodate cars of not only different lengths and wheelbases but also tread as well. Up to 60 different models will appear on the MQB platform.
One of the prominent features offered by the MQB platform is the uniformly mounted engine in all cars built on the MQB. This will allow the Volkswagen group to have different cars rolling off of the same production line back to back.
The idea is that potentially, huge cost savings will be realized, as will higher volumes, particularly important since VW seems intent on pushing both General Motors and Toyota aside for the undisputed title of the world’s largest automaker.
Volkswagen’s Golf is getting a makeover, marking the seventh incarnation of the marque.
Details on the Golf VII are still vague, except the official public reveal, which will take place at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. With the trend towards fuel economy, and the Golf’s history of being a very fuel conscious car, one can only assume that the next generation of the hatchback will move further in that direction. For power plant options, odds are that many of the engine choices from the current model Golf will carry over, such as the BlueMotion TDI engines and the smaller TSI motors – with of course GTI and Golf R models to follow. Then look for an electric model and possibly even a diesel-electric hybrid.
Based on the band’s new MQB platform, the Golf VII will also be getting a little bit lower and a little bit longer as VW looks to draw some sports car looks out of the little hatchback.