VW to keep MQB platform alive for two more generations
Volkswagen has confirmed plans to keep its current MQB platform alive for several more vehicle generations.
Retaining the current modular architecture will allow the company to delay investment in a next-generation platform. The decision represents one of many cost-cutting strategies that are expected to be implemented in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.
“The MQB has high technical substance, so we can use it for the next two vehicle generations without further major investments,” VW brand chief Herbert Diess told Boersen-Zeitung, as translated by Reuters.
The MQB platform underpins a broad range of group vehicles and body styles including the Audi A3, TT and Q2; the VW Golf, Euro-spec Passat, Tiguan and Touran; and several Skoda and SEAT models. The architecture is also expected to be used for the Audi Q3 and VW’s upcoming Atlas crossover (pictured), among others.
VW plans to more than double production volume for MQB vehicles to seven million units by 2018.