Volkswagen Modular Transverse Matrix: New Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Modular Transverse Matrix platform has been developed to aid platform sharing across their Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat, brands. It works in tandem with the ideology of distribution of advanced technologies for smaller cars, and efficient manufacturing. If you hadn’t thought of it yet, get ready for the Audi rings and VW badge to get closer than before, at least on the inside. It’s the next Audi A3 and VW Golf cars that’ll be the first to be built on the Volkswagen Modular Transverse Matrix, which is designed for transverse-mounted engines wherein the crankshaft runs along the same axis as the front wheels is meant for A and B segment vehicles.
Christened Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) in Germany, VW believes the new platform facilitates building different models on the same assembly line, which would resultantly increase manufacturing flexibility. While engine sharing has been a norm at VW, the new Modular Transverse Matrix platform makes it convenient for the VW Group to fit their standard stock of engines in cars under their various brands. As per Volkswagen, MQB would do away with 90% of the variations between engine and transmission engineering amongst different cars, and does work an electric vehicle platform.
The VW Modular Transverse Matrix platform allows the auto manufacturer to standardize both infotainment system technology, and new-driver assistance in their small cars. A tech that now could find it’s way to more of their small cars is the new multicollision braking system that applies brakes automatically after an initial impact, and is aimed at reducing damage from secondary impacts. One thing is certain that all VW Group vehicles in the segment would benefit.
While it’s true that a common platform shaves off from unique driving character of vehicles, and could be looked upon as similar to brand engineering, wherein cars are rebadged as different variants, these drawbacks can’t jeopardize VW’s initiative as the company would use the Modular Transverse Matrix platform only for small segment cars where driving distinction isn’t the biggest concern.