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        Nissan-Renault introduces Common Module Family

        Roger Dsouza

        Roger Dsouza

        The venture between the French auto maker, Renault and Japanese car marquee Nissan have decided to use a new Common Module Family system, in order to develop 14 models on the global platform. Sources close to the development process revealed that this new architecture will be used for 11 Renault models, which includes the replacements of Espace, Scenic and Laguna models. On the other hand, the Japanese auto maker will incorporate this design in upcoming replacements of the Qashqai and X-Trail.

        On this development, the Engineering, Quality and IT Director for Renault, Jean-Michel Billig was quoted as saying, “With CMF, the investments in vehicle architecture and non-visible parts are mutualised, resulting in significant cost reductions that allow us to roll out our innovation policy in terms of environment, safety and new technologies for all our customers.” Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Alliance Director responsible for engineering, said, “CMF opens a new era in engineering synergies for the alliance. This will enable us to pursue volume efficiencies and introduce attractive new technologies in our products faster than before, creating additional value for our customers.”

        Apart from sharing common platform like Volkswagen Group's MQB, the Common Module Family system is designed around compatible modules, such as the cabin, engine bay and front as well as rear under body sections. Consequently, the models designed on the CMF system can use a number of platforms, which further allows diversification between models and their multiple variants. Interestingly, the first model to incorporate CMF will go into production before the end of 2013.

        Industry experts are of a view that sharing of parts help auto makers in saving cost during long run by as much as 30 per cent on components itself. The joint venture suggests that with CMF system, the entry cost for its models can be reduced by almost 40 per cent.

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