Renault And Nissan To Develop 3 Common Platform For All Their Models
|   Saturday, July 12, 2014
Renault and Nissan will work together on the development of three common platforms. These platforms will be intended for small, medium and large cars. The first model expected to use one of the three achievements is the future Renault Espace.

Renault and Nissan are already celebrating 15 years since they formed an alliance and they started to build together a major force in the automotive world. If until now their efforts to reduce costs have been somewhat marginal, in the near future the plans of both partners are much more ambitious and involve increased collaboration between the two parties.


The French and the Japanese will develop together three modular platform, ready to host the Alliance's future models. Called Common Module Family (CMF), the three solutions will be aimed at the development of different vehicles.

The CMF-A platform will be designed, as the name suggests, for models in the A segment or smaller. That means that Renault and Nissan will have common components for urban cars.

A second platform will be called CMF-B, and will address the mid-range products and compact class, including the next generation Renault Laguna.
Last but not least, there will be a CMF C / D platform will be used only for the largest vehicles created by the Alliance. It will address especially the Nissan SUVs that sell well in the United States and some European products, such as the X-Trail. On the other hand, Renault will use the CMF C / D platform to develop a new generation Espace model, the largest family of French range, as soon as possible.

"Development of CMF vehicles is helping to drive synergies in all our major business areas – from purchasing to vehicle engineering and powertrains. CMF will continue to be a major driver of our synergies in the future with 70% of our vehicles expected to fall within the CMF scope by 2020" said Christian Mardrus, Alliance Executive Vice President for Renault-Nissan B.V. and the Alliance CEO Office.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that the CMF will underpin 14 new cars, 11 from Renaults and 3 from Nissan, by 2020.
CMF is not a common platform, like the MQB platform from Volkswagen. Instead, it is a set of compatible common modules, such as engine compartments, cockpits, front and rear underbodies and electrical architectures, that can be shared not only between cars of the same size, but in different sectors of the market.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance says the idea of ​​the CMF system is to "increase the modules common to several platforms with a view to standardizing components and increasing the number of vehicles per platform."

The Alliance has calculated that by 2020, 1.6 million vehicles per year will use CMF modules which will help reduce component cost of acquisition by 20 - 30 percent, and reduce engineering costs by 30 - 40 percent. From a theoretical perspective, this should also reduce the price a buyer pays in the showroom.
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