WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen AG hopes to overtake Toyota Motor Corp. in global sales by putting most of its vehicles on four new architectures.
That will help VW build cars faster, cut development times by up to a year and reduce costs, a VW official says. VW AG's goal is to boost sales to 10 million by 2018 from 5.7 million in 2006. Toyota Motor had global sales of 8.8 million in 2006.
The most used architecture will be VW's new transverse-engine architecture, called MQB, for small-through-medium models.
Ulrich Hackenberg, VW brand board member for development, told Automotive News Europe that the MQB "is planned for a broad application, from small cars up to and including upper medium."
Company sources say VW sees MQB as the logical base for replacements of at least 20 small-through-medium models, plus new niche models. Current models in those segments include the VW brand's Rabbit, Jetta, Eos and Passat and Audi's A3 and TT.
A second volume architecture, called MHB, will underpin VW's new small family rear-engine minicar range, which includes its Up concept vehicles.
VW is developing another modular architecture for midengine sports cars, such as the Audi R8 and Lamborghinis, perhaps including a more-affordable Bugatti.
While Hackenberg was at Audi, he was instrumental in developing the group's fourth architecture, MLB, which has a longitudinally mounted engine for front- and all-wheel-drive uses. The first products based on MLB are the Audi A4 and A5/S5.