Nissan, thanks to its partnership with Renault, has developed the Common Module Family (CMF), an architecture that covers Renault/Nissan Alliance vehicles in different segments. This is not currently a platform, but it can evolve into several currently used by Nissan.
A “platform,” in auto circles, is a common set of engines, suspension layouts, and general architecture that a single automaker uses to build multiple vehicles. A good example is General Motors, which more or less pioneered the whole idea. Vehicles as disparate as the Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac XTS both share a surprising amount under the skin while still being remarkably different vehicles, all thanks to platform sharing.
Nissan’s new architecture is expanding the automaker’s product range, standardizing components and increasing the number of vehicles built on each platform. Over time, the CMF will be extended to the Renault and Nissan ranges starting this year and continuing through 2020. The first segments in the Nissan lineup to receive this new architecture will be in the compact and large car segments.
The first vehicles to have the CMF in 2013 will be the Nissan Rogue, Qashqai, and X-Trail, and in 2014 the first Renault vehicles will be the Espace, Scenic, and Laguna. With the rise of client demands and diversity, the CMF will create an Alliance parts bank that will fit varied product ranges. Parts will carry over between models, and by applying it throughout production of each vehicle, it will guarantee long-term performance.
The CMF will not only help with performance for both companies, it will help to reduce costs by up to 40 percent. “With CMG, the investments in vehicle architecture and non-visible parts are mutualized, 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,” said Jean-Michel Billig, Engineering, Quality & IT Director of Renault.