Common Volkswagen abbreviations and their definitions

November 28th, 2016 by

What does Volkswagen Mk, TSI and MQB stand for?

Shopping for a new car is hard enough without having to go back and forth between your research and the search engine just to find out what different acronyms mean. If you’re looking for a VW, you’re likely to come across things like Mk, TSI and MQB, whether you’re researching a new car or looking at your pre-owned options. What do these acronyms stand for? We’ll define these ones and others, but don’t be surprised if some of the letters don’t quite match up. After all, Volkswagen is a German brand, so some acronyms don’t stem from English equivalents.

Most common VW acronyms

There are acronyms you’ll see everywhere, and then there are ones you might only find when you’re researching VW. Considering Volkswagen owns a number of brands, these aren’t all entirely unique to VW, and in the case of Mk, it’s more an industry standard, but one you’ll definitely come across for our brand.Golf MKI GTI

Mk: The current Golf is the MkVII, or mark 7. A mark in the automotive world is a generation, each of which represents a redesign. This word is more commonly used for European brands, and Volkswagen models are often referred to by their generation.

R-Line/Golf R: What does the R stand for here? The quick answer is “racing.” The Golf R is a performance model, while R-Line options offer sportier styling that are meant to remind you of the track.

Read More: What are Volkswagen R-Line trims?

DCC: Dynamic Chassis Control is available in other vehicles, true, but you may not see it abbreviated this way and it may have different branding. This feature adjusts the dampers to control the feel of the suspension and in some cases the steering response.

GLI: Grand Luxe Injected, the performance version of the Jetta

GTI: Grand Tourer Injection, or Gran Turismo Iniezione in Italian, is the abbreviation behind the hot hatch version of the Golf.

MIB: Modularen Infotainmentbaukasten, which translates into modular infotainment platform in English, is the name for the infotainment technology in Volkswagen models.

MQB: Modularer Querbaukasten (we told you there’d be German) is the new platform you hear about for models like the Volkswagen Golf. In English, we call it the Modular Traversal Toolkit.

TSI: This abbreviation stands for Turbocharged Stratified Injection. All U.S. models now have a turbocharged engine, and stratified injection simply means the fuel is injected into the cylinders before ignition. This way you get the best mix of oxygen and gas for improved efficiency. If you see TFSI instead, the F simply stands for “fuel.”

VAQ: Vorderachsquersperre is the name for the front limited-slip differential lock in the Golf GTI. It literally translates into front axle crossbar

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