VW’s MQB Platform To Soldier On For Two More Generations

In an effort to slash development costs, Volkswagen plans to use its latest MQB modular platform for its next two generations of cars.

Automotive News reports that, speaking to German newspaper Boersen-Zeitung , company brand chief Herbert Diess said the platform can be used well into the future.

“In the past months we have worked on the cost side of MQB and made significant progress. The MQB has high technical substance, so we can use it for the next two vehicle generations without further major investments,” he said.

In the wake of the dieselgate scandal, the German brand has been looking at ways of saving money. By continuing to use the MQB architecture across most of its front-wheel drive vehicles, VW will be able to continue to share parts across its range and brands, resulting in significant savings.

According to the German brand, 7 million MQB-based cars will be produced by 2018, up from 2 million of 2014. At the same time, it plans to slash annual costs by $4.1 billion.


  • Miknik

    Hardly a surprise, and hardly something unusual in industry. Also the Golf Mk. 2 – 4 were very related platform wise.

    • TheHake

      Yup. They made huge manufacturing cost savings with the development of the variable MQB platform. Would be silly to change that just for the sake of change.

  • Able

    “MQB to soldier on”

    You make it sound like it’s an old platform… are they supposed to come up with new ones every three years?

  • Elmediterraneo

    That will be the MQB evo, jusy like they did with the MLB evo on the new A4/A5/Q5/Q7.

  • Smith

    Considering the £50 BILLION (US$62 BILLION) that VW spent to develop the MBQ platform, they need to get at least the next 10 generations of their small cars built on this platform, just to get close to break even. Especially when you also consider that the REAL savings of MBQ are actually not real, the volumes of each of VW’s small car models are already so high, suppliers are giving them the best price possible. Sharing those same components on 2 or 3 vehicles and increasing the volumes is not going to save them significant amounts, maybe 5% or so. This was determined by independent studies over the last few years, but VW are trying to save face by making these claims, rather than admit that MBQ was an unprecedented disaster and total waste of money. Not like VW has a history of honestly!

  • Vassilis

    So that’s how my car looks without bodywork. More or less.

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