Vw shows the new MQB platform that will be used by the Golf 7

Article by Christian A., on February 3, 2012

Volkswagen AG "unveiled" the Golf 7 from its Wolfsburg HQ in Germany, showing the platform and running gear form. This model is the first of up to 60 separate models that would be built on VW’s radical new MQB platform, which is the first in the industry that had been developed to have the ability to stretch to fit any size, from a Polo to a Passat. Insiders said that the Golf 7 is a lot lighter than its predecessor.

It has a similar weight as the MK4 Golf even as it has significantly boosted safety features. Aside from being a very flexible structure, the MQB is also an integral part of a new production system that VW plants worldwide will adopt. This system enables the various vehicles to be assembled using the same production lines, with production equipment meant to fit cars of varying length, width and track.

According to sources, the factories will be multi-brand facilities, permitting VW, Seats, Skodas and Audis to be assembled on the same line. Shuffling production will enable VW facilities to operate at much higher capacities.

The MQB platform also has a common engine mounting system wherein both petrol and diesel motors are mounted in the same manner and at the same angle of inclination. This is a major step forward when it comes to the ease of production and assembly. For the MQB, there are two new modular petrol and diesel engine ranges, which include an 800cc diesel and a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol unit.

Volkswagen unveiled its all-new VW Golf in Berlin, 36 years since the company redefined the small family car through the original model. The seventh generation Golf builds on its predecessors’ success, bringing new levels of practicality, safety, efficiency, and comfort to the class. Of these predecessors, over 29 million units have been sold.

Despite offering more space or room for passengers, as well as more advanced technological features, the VW Golf Mk VII is up to 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, thanks to new production techniques. This lighter weight helps make the vehicle up to 23% more efficient compared to before. Additionally, the new Golf is safer and more secure because of its stronger body structure and a bunch of standard and optional active and passive safety systems.

The new VW Golf is built on the Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) platform, which translates to Modular Transverse Matrix. This platform standardizes numerous vehicle component parameters across vehicle classes and brands. It gives access to new technologies and powertrains, including innovations in infotainment and safety features, that are otherwise only available or reserved for cars and vehicles that belong to higher segments.

With an overall length of 4,255 mm, the new VW Golf is longer than its predecessor by 56 mm. Meanwhile, it has a 2,637-mm long wheelbase, making it 59 mm longer that the earlier model. The front wheels, on the other hand, are 43 mm further forward, allowing it to generate additional interior space. The Golf also has a width of 1,799 mm (13 mm wider) and a height of 1,452 mm (28 mm lower). Because of these proportions, there is a 10% improvement in the car’s drag co-efficient, now at 0.27 Cd.

While the new Golf Mk VII has larger dimensions, its overall design is still unmistakably Volkswagen Golf, thanks to the company’s design DNA, which has evolved over the years. Walter de Silva, Volkswagen AG’s head of design, said that one of the key elements to Golf’s success is its continuity.

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