Volkswagen has shown off the bare platform and running gear of the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf
1 February 2012

This is the first glimpse of the Volkswagen Golf Mk7. VW showed the car in bare platform and running gear form this morning at its Wolfsburg HQ in Germany.

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf will be the first of as many as 60 different models that will be based on VW’s radical new MQB platform which is designed to be stretchable from Polo to Passat size – a first for the car industry.

Sources say that the Volkswagen Golf 7 is much lighter than its predecessor, and is now about the same weight as the MK4 Golf, despite hugely improved safety.

The MQB is not just an extremely flexible structure, it also an integral part of a new production system that will be adopted by VW factories all around the world. This system allows the different vehicles to built on the same production lines, with production equipment designed to accommodate cars of different length, width and track.

Volkswagen insiders say that the factories will become multi-brand facilities, allowing VW, Seats, Skodas and even Audis to be built on the same line. Being able to ‘shuffle’ production should allow VW facilities to run at much higher capacities.

Another key aspect of the MQB platform is a common engine mounting system, which sees both petrol and diesel motors mounted in the same way and at the same angle of inclination, a big step forward in terms of ease of production and assembly.

Two new modular petrol and diesel engine ranges have been designed for the MQB including an 800cc diesel and a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol unit.

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1 February 2012

[quote Autocar]

Another key aspect of the MQB platform is a common engine mounting system, which sees both petrol and diesel motors mounted in the same way and at the same angle of inclination, a big step forward in terms of ease of production and assembly.

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Does this mean Audi will also be changing their engine mounting philosophy then?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

1 February 2012

Well, it certainly looks more attractive than the awful renderings AE have been showing us for the past couple of years.

1 February 2012

" VW, Seats, Skodas and even Audis to be built on the same line"

Another, further step in cloning technology. Pity that others will follow, only some years latter.

I like the interior, it is obvious that will be best in class.

Vicious? Yes, I know it is!

1 February 2012

Any colour you want as long as it's MQB...

It's quite an achievement from a manufacturing and mechanical engineering perspective, though I wonder what model-specific compromises might be with such flexible architecture?

1 February 2012

[quote Espresso1]It's quite an achievement from a manufacturing and mechanical engineering perspective, though I wonder what model-specific compromises might be with such flexible architecture?[/quote] Perhaps this is the 21st century equivalent of BL's badge engineering - any "brand" of car from SEAT and Skoda to Audi and Bentley all with the same basic underpinnings, just different bodies, interiors and badges......and prices of course ?


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1 February 2012

[quote ordinary bloke]Perhaps this is the 21st century equivalent of BL's badge engineering - any "brand" of car from SEAT and Skoda to Audi and Bentley all with the same basic underpinnings, just different bodies, interiors and badges......and prices of course ?[/quote]

The main difference, of course, is that they've done the job properly and as much as we may all knock it, it probably won't be rubbish!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

1 February 2012

What's the car in the background of the first pic? Looks like a VW badged Q3

1 February 2012

The kind of platform that can underpin such a huge range of models is certainly the way of maximizing economies of scale for a company like VW, indeed for any modern manufacturer. I wonder how few platforms VW will be able to get it down to within the group over time?

They've been working on this platform for a while and I've no reason to doubt that they know what they're doing and have been thorough... this is badge engineering on a whole new level!

I'll be curious to learn how successful they've been as they roll it out across the ranges...

1 February 2012

This was the obvious next step for VW and it has worked wonders so far.Weight reduction was a necessary step too as some of the smaller petrol engines struggle to move the Golf at any decent pace.

1 February 2012

[quote Autocar]The MQB is not just an extremely flexible structure [/quote]

Not something to shout about when discussing vehicle platforms!!

Seriously, platforms are where the big strides need to be made in terms of becoming much lighter whilst maintaining - or improving - safety levels. The low hanging fruit has been taken in terms of CO2 reduction so the engineers need to get their big brains and computers out for the next decade.


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