Sometimes when we talk about cars, we use acronyms such as MQB, MLB and MEB, but why? And what do they mean? All these acronyms belong to the Volkswagen Group and the platforms that they use across the range of brands under the group. Before we go any further we should talk about what are modular platforms? Modular designs or product platforms are a form of building a broader portfolio for the customers, including niche products, by putting in fewer efforts and maximizing profits. Modular platforms reduce the number of variants in a product which leads to a decrease in the number of variable parts and also reduces the complexity. But, there is also a downside to adopting modular platforms, which is the loss of creative freedom. I would not say that creativity is completely lost, but to a certain extent is restricted. Before modular platforms, the R&D teams would have complete freedom to design the car in any way possible, but now, the modular platforms provide a skeletal framework on which manufacturers have to base their car around and then put in their design cues.   The Volkswagen Group has spent 60 billion dollars on developing the MQB platform and has been sharing it across all the brands under the group. Almost all cars that feature a transverse, front-engine layout and are bigger than the VW Up, are based on the MQB platform. MQB stands for Modularer Querbaukasten or modular transversal toolkit and rather than being a move for standardisation, it is more inclined towards saving money. Sharing parts and technology across the brands under the Volkswagen Group is one aspect of the MQB platform. Audi A1, A3, VW Golf, Seat Leon, VW Polo, etc are a few examples of the cars that are based on the MQB platform. The engines used with the platform are often used for small cars and are not very powerful. Transverse engines commonly drive the front wheels and hence the weight distribution is more biased towards the front of the car and is a tad bit more front-heavy owing to its placement in the car. In layman terms, the interior engineering would be similar but features different exterior designs.   The Volkswagen Group as another platform, known as, MLB. MLB stands for Modularer Längsbaukasten or Modular Longitudinal Matrix and was first introduced in 2007, featuring on the Audi A5. Until 2015, only two brands under the Volkswagen Group were using the MLB platform, Audi and Porsche. The MLB platform shares a familiar engine mounting framework for all types of engines but the aspect that can be variated are the length, body shape and drivetrain. Porsche Macan, Audi A6, A7, A8, etc are examples of cars that use the MLB platform. The cars based on these platforms cost more due to the longitudinal placement of the engine. The engine in these cars is placed a bit lower and is bigger in size with more power and generally mated to a rear-wheel-drive system. But, Audi being Audi, uses a front-wheel-drive set-up with this platform. This platform provides even distribution of weight as the engine is placed lower and closer to the central line of the vehicle and hence results in better handling. The Volkswagen Group also has an updated MLB platform, knowns as the MLB Evo. The Evo series features amped-up engineering features combined with different materials and superior structural strength of the car. Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne are a few examples that are underpinned by the MLB Evo platform.   As we are moving into the future, the need for using clean energy is increasing day by   day. Yeah sure, the whine from a turbocharger or the pops and bangs from a V12 gets your adrenaline pumping but it is time to prioritise the green future of our world. This is where EVs come in and mind you, they are not slow. Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron, etc are a few examples of blazing-fast cars. And as expected, the Volkswagen Group has a platform for EVs, known as the MEB platform. MEB stands for Modularer E-Antriebs Baukasten or Modular electric drive Matrix or Modular Electric Propulsion platform. Skoda, Audi, SEAT are a few brands under the Volkswagen Group that use this platform. The Volkswagen I.D. is the first car to flaunt the MEB platform. The MEB platform allows some playing room with the design of the car, creating room for more dynamic performance and lengthened wheelbase. The cars will be connected to the internet, which means they will be eligible for OTA updates and will be connected to their owner’s phones too. The MEB vehicles will also be able to support driverless drive (sorry) via in-car application servers