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Despite boisterous boasting by several German brands about modular architecture in future vehicles, Toyota remained relatively quiet on the subject.
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.