The MQB platform has been designed to be so flexible that it can be used to underpin everything from a Polo-sized car to a Passat-sized one, offering the company massive cost savings. It also means that the VW Group can build any cars on the platform on the same production line, which offers significantly greater production flexibility.
Speaking at the VW Group profits announcement, where it was revealed that the company made £9.4bn in 2011, up more than 50 per cent year on year, Michael Macht, the board member in charge of group production, said: “The next two to three years are exciting for us, and during this time we intend to keep the technology to ourselves. We do not wish to share our excellence.
“But in the medium to long term we could sell the technology. We would have to look at the opportunities and evaluate whether they made sense.”