Details on the Volkswagen Group's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB)

The Modular Transverse Matrix standardises many vehicle component parameters across brands and vehicle classes. It essentially means that one platform can be used to build a wide variety of cars. This means the highest levels of technology can be shared across the Volkswagen Group, and production costs can be reduced while production flexibility is increased.

Within the Volkswagen Group the structure is referred to as MQB, which comes from the German translation Modularer Querbaukasten. Following its introduction in 2012, all the Group brands (Volkswagen, Audi, ŠKODA and SEAT) are using MQB.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol engine system (MOB) with the EA211 engine series (60 to 150 PS) – this range includes the world’s first four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT) – and the modular diesel engine system (MDB) with the EA288 engine series (90 to 190 PS).

This engine series will reduce the Group’s engine and gearbox variants in the MQB system by approximately 90 per cent, without a detrimental effect. On the contrary; in addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to the pure electric drive.

On introduction, the MQB opened up new opportunities at the Volkswagen Group. It allowed it to produce high-volume and niche models at the highest quality and extremely competitive costs over the long term and worldwide – vehicles that are individually tailored to the requirements of very diverse markets such as Europe, China and America, as well as emerging markets such as India.

In parallel, the Volkswagen Group has significantly reduced vehicle weights with the launch of the MQB models and has introduced 20 innovations in the areas of safety and infotainment, which until now were reserved for higher vehicle segments.

They include the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically initiates braking after the vehicle suffers a collision and brakes for as long as necessary to reduce the speed of the vehicle to 6 mph in order to prevent or minimise the severity of subsequent collisions

Volkswagen cars currently built on the MQB platform:

Volkswagen Polo MkVI

Volkswagen Golf Mk VII

Volkswagen Passat B8

Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen Touran Mk II

Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen Tiguan Mk II

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Volkswagen Atlas (America and China only)