The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced new details today about which vehicles will be affected by their first wave of modular cost savings measures called a Common Module Family (CMF).
Late this year, the company will release three vehicles that use CMF. Of the three, the new Nissan Rogue will be the only car sold in the U.S., while the X-Trail and Qashqai will also be based on the new system.
The group began developing CMF in 2009, aiming to standardize parts and cut production costs. Renault-Nissan expects to reduce entry cost per model by between 30 and 40 percent. Parts costs will also be reduced by between 20 and 30 percent. With the new system, a “parts bank” will be possible, reducing the number of individual parts and creating a wealth of multi-vehicle compatible components.
Rather than functioning as a platform, which the company explains as a horizontal segmentation, CMF uses compatible “Big Modules” that can be shared between cars. Those modules include the engine bay, cockpit. front underbody, rear underbody, and electrical architecture.
Renault-Nissan will gradually begin implementing CMF in more models through 2020.
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