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The central element of the 4MOTION system is a multi-plate wet coupling (in an oil bath). It is called the Haldex coupling as it was developed together with Swedish systems partner Haldex who have worked with Volkswagen for many years. The Haldex coupling has the major advantage of being electronically controlled and having a very fast response. This allows it to work very effectively in conjunction with the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the traction control system (TCS), the electronic differential lock (EDL), and the electronic stability programme (ESP) - all these assistance systems are fitted as standard in the Passat.
Notable Torsen users
One of the most famous uses of Torsen differentials are in many of the various Audi quattro models, notably excluding the A3 & S3 and TT (which have transverse-mounted engines and use Haldex Traction 4WD systems).
Volkswagen wanted to separate the marketing to avoid confusion between transverse-mounted and longitudinal mounted engines. VW uses 4-motion and Audi Quattro even though the original terms were meant to define the difference between the engine types and the AWD platform chosen.
yes the Saab uses 4-motion
Ok, agree with all those facts.
But my point is that a 4wd AUDI is still a `quattro`, not a `4motion`. Regardless of the system used.
They are different names for different cars that are technically similar.
4 motion is a relatively modern term, it replaces `syncro`, and when VW were using the syncro handle Audi were still using quattro. Never has there been any drivetrain name sharing in the brand.
SEAT use `4`, Skoda `4x4`. etc. Same things different badge.
Much like double clutch AUDIs are called S Tronic and the VW equivalent is called DSG.
Different names for similar things.
Some Wiki shizzle here...
is a registered trademark
of Volkswagen AG
, used exclusively on Volkswagen
which utilise four-wheel drive
(4WD) systems. Volkswagen has previously used the term "Syncro" for its 4WD models.
Of the Volkswagen Group
's other marques
, the "quattro
" nomenclature is used for 4WD Audi
cars. Sister companies koda
simply uses the nomenclature "4x4" after the model name, whereas SEAT
merely uses "4".
None of the above trademarks are specific to any particular 4WD system or technology being employed.
Generally, Volkswagen would use Haldex Traction
clutch system on their transverse engined
cars. For longitudinal engined
cars, they would use a Torsen
differential-based 4WD system instead.
The red text nails it really.
And the SAAB uses HALDEX, not 4 Motion.
4 Motion is a VW Trademark, nothing to do with SAAB.
Drive Review: 2008 Saab Turbo X - Haldex