The Geneva Motor Show earlier this year was the podium on which the new Volkswagen Phideon was presented. Volkswagen had some rough years due to “dieselgate”, but still managed to release some new models for the 2017 model year. One of those is the 2017 Volkswagen Phideon, a sedan that is higher priced than the VW Passat. The VW Phideon name is a derivation from the Roman goddess of trust and good faith Fides. According to Volkswagen the name should…
The MLB platform is a car chassis used by Volkswagen Group car brands. The MLB platform is specially designed for front engine vehicles. Audi developed this chassis in 2007 for their A5 model and used it predominantly until 2015. Then, Volkswagen Group saw the benefits of this platform and since then it has been used on some other models.
MLB stands for Modularer Längsbaukasten, which is German for Modular Longitudinal Matrix. The MLB platform is not specifically a platform, but more a mathematic rationality. The MLB technology can come in different shapes and sizes, but will always follow a certain ratio.
Of course, the key goal of using the MLB platform on multiple car models is saving money on engineering. The advantage of using a certain ratio when constructing a platform is that engines and other engine parts will always fit. The manufacturing of automobiles has become very complex over the last twenty years or so, so creating a multi-functional platform takes some of the architectural difficulty out of car production.