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”.
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 spiedX-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.