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VW: Developing four new platforms to become no. 1

VW will develop 4 new platforms to become the global no. 1.

• MQB – For small cars and upper-medium cars, the MQB platform will form the basis for volume sellers like the Passat, Eos, Golf, and Jetta, as well as smaller Audis, Skodas, and Seats

• MHB – A rear-engine architecture that will spawn a family of small city cars based on the Volkswagen up! concepts

• MLB – A longitudinal-engine architecture that is designed to be front- or all-wheel-drive. The Audi A4 and A5, which use the MLB design, are already on sale.

• A mid-engine platform that will be used to sports cars, such as the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo. Automotive News even hints that a more affordable (though that term is relative) Bugatti could be in the works.

VW expects that transitioning to modular platforms can shave a year off the time required to introduce a new model and save up to 40 percent on the cost of development, as structural elements like crumple zones, engine mounting hard points and pedal positions will be constant from one car to another.

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Source: Motive Mag