Audi will indeed stop engineering and designing its own platforms for the future vehicles after a wave of bad luck hit the VW Group due to the Dieselgate scandal which forced the company to take critical and major cost-cutting plans.
This came in short after Audi boss Rupert Stadler said that “all future investments” at Audi are now “under scrutiny”.
The wave of cost-cutting was not limited to the four-ring marque but even included Lamborghini and Bentley. The current Audi MLB home-grown platform is used on all models from the A4 to the A8 and the Q5, Q7.
This was not a simple reckless move from the group as they expect it could slash 10% of the overall running costs in just one year and also improve the overall efficiency of their pants by around 5 to 8%.So what platform would be used after the departure of the MLB platform? The A5 and A4 models are expected to share the same transverse-engined MQB platform with the Volkswagen Passat. While the bigger A6, A7 models share the shortened version of the Porsche MSB platform currently used on the Panamera.
This also means that Audi would be offering customers rear-wheel drive cars in addition to the all-wheel drive versions.
The current Audi R8 is expected to either seize production or feature a base around the current 911.