The Volkswagen group is one of the biggest automotive groups in the world. It consists of car marques such as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen Passenger Cars. The VW Group umbrella stretches over motorcycles and commercial vehicles as well, with Ducati, MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
The advantage of having so many brands under one group is that, Joint Research & Development can be done by two or more manufacturers. As a result of this, parts sharing is quite common.
Infotainment systems, interior parts, engines, gearboxes, and even body panels are all shared between the manufacturers in the Volkswagen group. In fact, a big chunk of profit in the Volkswagen group comes in from cars based on shared platforms such as the MQB platform.
Most cars under the Volkswagen Group are badge-engineered. But some brands seem to be taking the term badge-engineered too seriously as this short video proves.
This is a video which has been doing the rounds on the internet. Shot at a Skoda dealership in China, it shows a person unveiling the Volkswagen badge underneath the Skoda badge on the engine cover of the Skoda Kodiaq SUV.
Now, we do know that this TSI engine has also been plonked into several other cars from the Volkswagen group. But, I'm sure not many would have assumed it was being done to this extent.
The engine in the video could have been either a 1.8-litre TSI engine with 180bhp or a 2.0-litre TSI engine with 220bhp. The engine cover at first had a black-coloured Skoda badge. The person who seems like one of the dealership's sales executives peels it off, revealing the Volkswagen badge underneath it.
Some other pictures reveal the same phenomena, this time under the hood of a Seat Leon Cupra 300. The 2.0-litre 300bhp engine shares its cover with the Volkswagen Golf and underneath the Seat on the engine cover was found a VW badge.
It is known that the Volkswagen Group does quite a bit of parts sharing. Sharing badges too is the next level and shouldn't have been the case. It may be a laugh for many of us, but those at this particular Skoda dealership might be having a tough time from VW group's top brass.