Volkswagen New Auto: Finally, more clarity on the platforms

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What Artemis, Apollon, Trinity and SSP mean

Volkswagen New Auto: Finally, more clarity on the platforms-finally

At today's "New Auto" strategy event, Volkswagen gave an overview of its strategy until 2030. The focus was on the new platforms for the car's hardware (Artemis, Trinity and SSP) and for the software on Volkswagen's plans for shared mobility.

One of the most interesting parts for us was the section on hardware platforms (or as VW calls it, mechatronic platforms); We summarize the most important information in this article. Because the many names Artemis, Trinity, Apollon, PPE and SSP were confusing so far. This graphic provides a little more overview:

Today Volkswagen has three platforms: Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB), Modular Longitudinal Toolkit (MLB) and the lesser-known Modular Standard Drive Toolkit (MSB), on which the Porsche Panamera, Bentley Continental and Flying Spur are based.

In the electric era, the number of construction kits has been reduced to two: the already well-known MEB platform (VW ID. 3, 4, 5 and 6, Audi Q4 e-tron, Cupra Born, Skoda Enyaq) and, in the future, the Premium Platform Electric ( PPE), on which the Porsche Macan Elektro with its Audi twin Q6 e-tron will be based, but also the Audi A6 e-tron.

The software platforms are also indicated in the graphic. There are three versions: E3 1.1 in the MEB cars, E3 1.2 in the PPE cars and E3 2.0 in the SSP cars.

From 2026 there should be only one platform for the entire Volkswagen Group, the Scalable Systems Platform SSP. Eight brands from Skoda to Bentley will use them according to the graphic above. The brands Lamborghini and Bugatti are not included, but the VW group also wants to get rid of them …

SSP should also cover all segments; Duesmann did not say whether this also applies to small and very small cars. But after 2026, all newly introduced models should be based on SSP. However, the construction kit is not of the "one size fits all" type: First, there will be different size versions: SSP 1, SSP 2 etc. (column on the far right).

And secondly, by combining different levels of software, autonomous driving, battery systems and drives, you can create various special models, says Duesmann. The group wants to limit itself here, however, because more complexity harms profitability.

However, all SSP versions should offer 800-volt technology – with corresponding advantages for fast charging. In addition, SSP will lay the foundations for autonomous driving Offer. Based on SSP, more than 40 million cars are to be built during their lifetime.

The following graphic shows how the Artemis, Apollon and Trinity projects fit into this scheme. The brands of the VW Group are divided into three groups: Volume (around VW), Premium (around Audi) and Sport (around Porsche):

Volkswagen New Auto: Finally, more clarity on the platforms-clarity

According to Audi boss Markus Duesmann, the first parts of SSP will be introduced with the Artemis model from 2025. This car marks the transition from PPE to SSP. The software platform E3 2.0 and the battery unit cell are already used here. Duesmann called Artemis a model, but did not say which brand it belongs to, but after an article in the Handelsblatt it was originally an independent group department that now works under Audi management.

Apollon is apparently Audi's model on the SSP platform and Trinity will transfer SSP technology to the volume segment from 2026, according to Duesmann.

You can watch the entire one and a half hour event in English in the video below. For us, the English original version is easier to understand than the rather clumsy German version. Duesmann's part about mechatronics starts at 41:00.

Photo gallery: Volkswagen "New Auto" event (July 2021)

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