The Audi A3 will share parts with 40 other models. Parts such as chassis, axles, steering columns, drivetrains and etc. will save the company around €5 billion yearly. These shared parts and platforms can be lengthened, widened and enlarged to suit different variety of vehicles.
This technical overhaul will stretch the basis of model platforms for Volkswagen. Just imagine the number of parts shared between the smallest Volkswagen model (which is the Polo), up to their mid-sized sedan (Passat). This might have a disadvantage if there is a fault with a certain part, and then many vehicles across different brands will be recalled. That means it could be in the hundreds of thousands of vehicles if that were to happen.
According to Volkswagen’s production chief, Hubert Waltl said, “Risks exist when you undertake far-reaching improvements, but the implementation process is manageable.” “This implementation creates a system that enables us to produce vehicles based on this architecture at any factory.”
I was wondering if any recall were to happen, that would make the recent Toyota recalls look like nothing. And if 40 different models were to share parts; that could make their cars look rather similar in a way.
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