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.