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The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unveiled its new engineering architecture that will underpin future models from both brands and reduce production costs.

The Common Module Family (CMF) architecture extends existing manufacturing commonality by being compatible with Renault and Nissan vehicles via ‘Big Modules’ that cover engine bay, cockpit, front and rear underbody, and electrical/electronic architectures.

Designed to work with several platforms across vehicle segments, the Alliance stresses that the new CMF is not simply a new platform but a “cross-sector concept”.

Renault-Nissan Alliance - CMF Architecture

The new CMF architecture will start to be seen in models as early as this year, including in replacements for the Nissan Rogue/Qashqai (badged locally as the Dualis) and the new recently spied X-Trail.

The first Renault vehicles to feature CMF will be replacements for the Espace, Scenic and Laguna, due for release in late 2014.

The Alliance says the new architecture will reduce the entry cost per model by an average of 30-40 per cent and provide a 20-30 per cent reduction in parts cost.

Alliance director of engineering Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi 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.”

According to the Alliance, the Big Modules must satisfy the pre-requisites of the Alliance Integrated Manufacturing System (AIMS) process, which facilitates the management, planning and global capacity of the group’s manufactured products.




  • Doctor

    Now all they have to do if fix the diesel engines, clutches and CVTs.

    • Paul

      Or get rid of the CVT gearbox altogether. The CVT puts the slosh into slosh box.
      Nissan could also save money by getting rid of the 2014 pathfinder as their is little or nothing separating it from a 2013 Murano.

    • adfh

      Nissan sent this out to all new Pulsar owners last week:
      “It has been established that the current engine control module (ECM)
      software version may cause the vehicle’s engine to stall under certain
      conditions. There is a possibility of the vehicle’s engine stalling when
      driven between 10km/h and 60km/h where there is no accelerator input.”

      Nissan has also been busy fixing almost one million Micra steering wheels after someone had the wheel come off in their hands. This happening not long after the Qashqui was recalled for the same thing.

  • F1orce

    Cost cutting, as always, per usual..

    • Neil_Way

      Hardly a cost cutting move, but rather one to pull resources together. This is the exact same strategy Volkswagen have employed with their MQB platform. Spreading the development costs over a multitude of vehicles will provide benefits to both Renault-Nissan and the consumer.