Volkswagen Group is pivoting platform development for internal combustion engine cars to markets such as Russia, India and Brazil where EV growth is expected to be slower than in Europe.
The group’s new MQB-A0 Global Platform will underpin a wide range of low-cost combustion engine models from minicars to seven-seat vehicles in growth markets.
VW Group has tasked Skoda with turning the MQB-A0-In platform developed for India into a highly flexible architecture targeted at the price-sensitive markets of Russia, Latin America, India, Africa and southeast Asia.
In Europe, VW Group is creating a Scalable Systems Platform (SSP) that will underpin electric cars with advanced self-driving features for brands including VW, Skoda, Seat, Audi and Porsche, starting in 2026.
Previously platforms were developed first in Europe then rolled out globally. “For the next level, we will not have the basis in Europe,” said Skoda’s Jiri Dytrych, who leads the MQB-A0 project.
Creating a groupwide low-cost platform will enable the automaker to be successful in growth markets, Dytrych told Automotive News Europe in a phone interview
Skoda says the sales of combustion engine cars in the targeted markets will grow by 58 percent to 7.5 million over the next 10 years, then by another million in the five years after that. This means volume will reach 8.5 million vehicles by 2036 -- a year after a European Union rule comes into effect that will allow only zero-emission cars to be sold in Europe.
Scalability is key
The MQB-A0 Global Platform will be flexible enough to underpin cars under 4000 mm in length and up to 4500 mm to 4700 mm long, Dytrych said.
This platform has to be as scalable as possible,” he said. The largest version will be able to accommodate seven-seat vehicles.