VW’s Future Based On MBQ

The new VW Golf reaching our shores mark the beginning of the availability of VW’s new platform, known as MBQ, on which most future models, hybrid and regular, will be based.

With the launch of the all-new Golf and Golf GTI, Volkswagen is introducing the Modular Transverse Matrix — the German acronym is MQB — to the U.S. market.

“The MQB strategy represents a milestone in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines,” said Dr. Hubertus Lemke, head of technical project management in Volkswagen’s Research & Development Division, during the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, Mich. August 4.

VW explained the Modular Transverse Matrix standardizes many vehicle component parameters across vehicle classes, extending from the sub-compact to the Midsize SUV segments. From a Volkswagen brand perspective in the U.S., it will in the future underpin models with transverse mounted engines such as Jetta, Passat, and the upcoming Midsize-SUV.

In the future, added VW, all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line, despite their different wheelbases and track widths. The first new vehicles to be produced based on the MQB are the new generation Golf and Golf GTI models that have just been launched.

According to VW, one of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines, including the new modular diesel engine system (MDB), also known as EA288. The standardized engine position, combined with implementation of the EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine and the new EA211 gasoline engine, will reduce the Group’s engine and gearbox variants by approximately 90 percent, said VW. MQB also enables fitment of all current alternative drive concepts without compromise — from compressed natural gas and hybrid versions to a pure electric powertrain.

The e-Golf that goes on sale in the last quarter of 2014 in the U.S. uses the MQB architecture as well and is built on the same line in Wolfsburg as other Golf versions.

VW continued by stating MQB opens up new opportunities at Volkswagen Group, allowing it to produce high-volume and niche models of the highest quality and at competitive costs over the long term as introduced into factories globally. These vehicles can be individually tailored to the requirements of very diverse markets such as Europe, China and the U.S., as well as emerging markets such as India.