Volkswagen, the largest largest automotive group in the world has recently revealed their expansion plan for the next two years at the annual conference of the company. And going by the size of the company and the brands they own, we are not surprised to know that they will be launching some 50 new and revised cars based on three different platforms over the next two years.
According to Dr. Martin Winterkorn, the Volkswagen Group Head, the MQB, MLB and MSB will underpin most of these 50 vehicles. The ability to build such large amount of cars from the same platform will reduce the production cost to a large extent and in-turn will improve profit margins. According to Dr Martin, Audi A4 will lead the pack when it is revealed in 2015 end.
Joining the new-A4 will be the facelifted Porsche 911 and the new Tiguan SUV, both coming by the year end. The Audi’s MLB architecture will underpin the brand's cars starting from A4 to Q7 along with the Q6 crossover model. The MLB platform is a front-wheel drive platform with a longitudinal engine layout. On the other hand, the MQB platform will serve some 15% vehicles of the VW group.
The range will be extended to seven million models from 2.7 million models by 2018 and eventually will become the largest common automotive platform in the world. VW is manufacturing the MQB platform in 18 plants around the globe and it will increase to 29 plants by 2016. Models like VW Golf, VW Passat and Audi Q1 will be underpinned by the platform.
Last but not the least is the rear wheel drive MSB platform which is currently doing duty on the Porsche Panamera. The platform will also feature on all front engined Porsches and Bnetley cars. The platform is currently under development from Porsche. The future vehicles like the production version of the EXP 10 speed 6 coupe concept from Bentley will also be underpinned by MSB platform.