Volkswagen’s MQB A0 small car platform revealed
Volkswagen aims to put its customers and its products above everything else with the reveal of its new MQB A0 small car platform. In fact, the German car giant’s development boss, Dr Frank Welsch, has pointed out: “We are still Volkswagen, but we want people to be more excited about our cars [and] we want to appeal to younger people. But with the qualities that our customers love, too.”
The introduction of the MQB A0 platform should excite those in the motoring industry for the following reasons:
Understanding Volkswagen’s MQB platform
Meaning Modular Transverse Matrix, the MQB platform has already seen Volkswagen attempting to standardise both its production processes and vehicle components. As a result, the German manufacturer was able to begin producing a variety of vehicles from a host of its different brands on the same assembly line, though with the assurance that quality remained at the highest level possible and extremely competitive costs remained.
The Volkswagen Golf was the first model produced using the MQB platform. However, it should be acknowledged that the strategy has formed the basis of 58 vehicles over the years — representing around eight million sales. This is not just cars with the Volkswagen badge either, but also those from Audi, SEAT and Skoda.
Here’s a few reasons why the platform has attracted attention throughout the motoring world…
It reverses the weight spiral
By blending ultra-modern construction principles with materials, the MQB platform has achieved the reversal of the weight spiral. When it comes to being behind the wheel of a vehicle built on this platform, this means increased driving pleasure while also enjoying lower fuel consumption.
It’s made for more appealing vehicle designs
Vehicles manufactured on the MQB platform have been designed with the forward relocation of the front wheels, meaning very balanced proportions. All vehicles also boast optimised use of space for the occupants.
It means safer and more comfortable vehicles
Figures estimate that 20 innovations have been recorded since the MQB platform launched onto the small car market, with these seen in regards to driver assistance, infotainment and vehicle safety technology. These developments were previously only developed onto higher vehicle segments.
It’s resulted in reduced pollution and fuel consumption
Vehicles built using the MQB platform have recorded significant reductions in their emissions. This is due to entirely redeveloped engine families, which are regularly trimmed to achieve lower CO2 figures through start-stop recuperation systems as standard, the innovation of active cylinder management in four-cylinder engines, EU-6 certification and a CNG option.
How does the MQB A0 platform stand out?
The MQB A0 platform is a fresh variant of Volkswagen’s MQB platform. It’s being introduced to underpin the next-generation model of the Volkswagen Polo and will boast all of the following credentials:
- Deliver both weight and cost benefits to the cars produced using the platform.
- Introduce advanced driver assistance technologies to small cars, which have never been seen on these types of vehicle.
- Vehicles as diverse as the Volkswagen Polo and the five-metre-long Volkswagen Atlas SUV can now be built using the MQB platform, with length differences of over one metre taken into account.
When the new Volkswagen Polo is released towards the end of 2017, motorists can get a feel of the MQB A0 platform for themselves. Following this, the MQB A0 platform will be used on new editions of the SEAT Ibiza and Skoda Fabia. It will also play a key part in the introduction of a series of smaller SUVs from the Volkswagen Group.