VW sticks to steel for Golf; car weight slashed by 100 kg

14/09/2012

The latest Volkswagen Golf boasts an impressive 100-kg weight loss versus the previous model. It's based on the automaker's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB, modularen Querbaukasten); a component matrix that enables design of a variety of transverse, front-engined, front-wheel drive models using the same set of components.

I was expecting plastics to have played a major role in achieving this weight reduction, particularly given weight savings attributed to the car's superstructure came in at 37 kg, but reading through the extensive announcement about the seventh-generation Golf I barely heard plastics mentioned....
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