The Volkswagen Group has been in the same plan that Eduardo Manostijeras. They have brought scissors and they are going to cut all unnecessary spending that they see out there lost. Obviously this situation is because of the Dieselgate and the consequences of it will be derived. These cuts will affect the entire structure of the group, and obviously one of the departments that worse can happen it is the research and development.
So important is going to be cut that according to said Herbert Diess, head of Volkswagen, will be used the current platform modular compact (MQB) group in the next two generations of models. With this you can save a substantial amount of money in terms of costs of production. To make this possible the German consortium engineers are already working how to adapt it for so long time.
We all know that the Volkswagen Group MQB platform has been the big bet of the consortium to reduce costs and share economies of scales among all the “worldly” brands that form the group. It is designed to welcome in her womb to small and medium-sized vehicles with traction front (and four by four non-mechanical) and on it all the Group brands have already launched some model and they are developing new ones.
This platform is allowing that the Volkswagen Group factories can assemble different models more quickly and at a lower cost. However, the MQB platform has yet to keep growing since currently only about two million cars are assembled on it and Volkswagen wants to that end of the year 2018 some seven million cars are manufacturing over it.
Either way for now the Volkswagen Group is going to severely cut their funds to develop new platforms the MQB will need to be flexible enough to endure a decade.
Source – Volkswagen