Toyota finally unveiled its new modular platform that it says will underpin all of its cars in the future.
First slated to underpin the 2015 Prius, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) will help save development time and costs. Savings could be “between 15 and 20 percent and maybe further and the savings will be reinvested in product development,” Toyota board member Mitsuhisa Kato said.
Other companies including Volkswagen currently use a one-size-fits-all platform. VW’s MQB platform underpins the Golf, Audi A3 and several others.
Another advantage of the new platform is its lower center of gravity compared to the current Toyota lineup, “TNGA will set performance targets,” says Kato. Personalisation for each individual market will now be easier as well thanks to the new platform, which means you can expect the Chinese-market Corolla for example to look very different from a North American Corolla.
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