Volkswagen and Renault-Nissan, top gainers from modular platforms image

The MQB platform from the Volkswagen Group, launched on the 7th Golf generation seems to be the best solution out of all the modular options launched by car manufacturers, according to HIS Automotive analysts.

In 2020, the car analysts are expecting the auto global market to have sold 27.8 million vehicles, a significant increase compared to this year’s estimates of 19.2 million cars. They have taken into account the economic benefits of the top ten car sales producers and stated that Volkswagen and Renault-Nissan are the top two winners.
The global modular platforms reduce a big amount of costs for the car manufacturers even if in case of a recall, the costs in damages would increase as there are a bigger number of cars using the same unit. With these risks taken into consideration, car producers still save important sums of money by sharing the development costs of new parts, technologies and production tools designed for certain cars. And cutting costs is the one thing every auto manufacturer wants.

Volkswagen AG seems to be the winner in terms of platforms, MQB being the best solution in the car industry. It is already used by Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda and will represent the start of many more models coming from these car brands. The MQB modular platform was revealed in 2012 and it is expected to be used on 5.8 million vehicles that are to be produced by VW. MQB lays down a series of hard points for a wide range of cars and power trains. The platform can be shrunk or stretched depending on the car and its only fixed dimension is the distance from the front axle to the firewall, allowing the wheelbase, width and track to grow or shrink. The MQB modular platform has helped VW get at the top of the global sales chart four years ahead of its 2018 target.

By Gabriela Florea