MQB modular architecture
The abbreviation MQB stands for Modularer Querbaukasten, which can loosely be translated from German as “Modular Transversal Toolkit” or “Modular Transverse Matrix”. Stripping it down to the basics, we could argue that it is (not only) a chassis kit that can be assembled in any way the designer wants. There is only one fixed dimension – the distance between the McPherson front axle mounting and the pedals. Everything else, including the wheelbase, axle track, overhangs, and even the drive type or rear axle suspension, is variable. The big advantage of this system is that it simplifies and, most importantly, cuts the cost of production. As a result, more expensive and less widespread solutions, procedures and assist systems can also be incorporated into cars from the lower segments. Examples of this include the use of safer and lighter high-strength sheet metal and the introduction of advanced driver-assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, the multi-collision braking system, and Lane Assist. The first ŠKODA to be built on the MQB modular platform was the third-generation OCTAVIA in 2013.