Platform sharing is nothing new for the 14-year-old Renault-Nissan Alliance, but this partnership is set to introduce new modular platform components that will eventually underpin 11 Renault models and three Nissan vehicles by 2020. Rather than being a typical platform, the Common Module Family (CMF) actually represents five segments of a platform that can be used in various applications, and one of the first vehicles to use this architecture will be the 2014 Nissan Rogue (spy shots of which are shown below) when it arrives "in late 2013."
As pictured in the image above (click to expand), CMF is composed of four chassis component, principally the front underbody, rear underbody, engine bay and cockpit as well as a common electrical system. Besides the next-gen Rogue, future Nissan models to share CMF will include the Qashqai and X-Trail, while Renault models will start using the platform next year on vehicles including the Scénic and Laguna. The CMF architecture is expected to help the Alliance reduce the parts cost of a vehicle by up to 30 percent and reduce the entry cost by up to 40 percent. The official press release with more details about CMF, and what it means for Renault-Nissan, is posted below.
Common Module Family (CMF): A New Approach to Engineering for the Renault-Nissan Alliance
A source of increased competitiveness and synergies, CMF extends manufacturing commonalization to an unprecedented number of vehicles developed within the Alliance.
-CMF will generate an average 30-40% reduction in entry cost per model and 20-30% reduction in parts cost for the Alliance.
-CMF will be deployed across 5 continents in more than 10 countries through 2020.
-The first deployment of CMF, for the compact and large car segments, will cover 1.6 million vehicles per year and 14 models (11 Renault group + 3 Nissan).
PARIS - A Common Module Family (CMF) is an engineering architecture that covers Renault/Nissan Alliance vehicles, from one or more segments, based on the assembly of compatible Big Modules: engine bay, cockpit, front underbody, rear underbody and electrical/electronic architecture.
Therefore, a CMF is not a platform; it can involve several platforms. A platform is a horizontal segmentation; a CMF is a cross-sector concept.
For the Alliance: a new stage with different types of vehicles from different segments
CMF is an additional tool that goes further than carryovers on a single platform, to expand the product range. The trend will be to increase the modules common to several platforms with a view to standardizing components and increasing the number of vehicles per platform. CMF will gradually be extended to Renault and Nissan ranges between 2013 and 2020. CMF will be first applied to the compact and large car segments, then to be followed by models in other segments.
CMF for the compact and large car segments: global coverage
CMF for the compact and large car segments will include 1.6 million vehicles per year and 14 models (11 Renault group + 3 Nissan):
-The first Nissan vehicles will be released in late 2013: replacements for Rogue, Qashqai and X-Trail.
-The first Renault vehicles will be released in late 2014: replacements for Espace, Scénic and Laguna.
CMF generates economies of scale and lowers costs within the Alliance to meet client demands for product diversity.
CMF will create an "Alliance parts bank" that is just the right size for a varied product range as close as possible to customer needs.
-Sharing and carryover of parts between models and entities generates economies of scale.
-Applying the system throughout volume production of the vehicles guarantees long-term performance.
CMF addresses all items of expenditure, through synergies, shared volumes, economies of scale and shared risks within the Alliance in:
-Component purchasing: a 20%-30% cost reduction for the Alliance
-Investment (a single entry cost): a 30-40% cost reduction in product + process engineering, with variations for Nissan and Renault.
Compared with the savings achieved by commonalization on the B platform (which was originally intended for Modus and Clio for Renault and Micra for Nissan), CMF generates economies of scale through the unprecedented coverage offered by the Alliance in terms of number of vehicles and geographical regions.
Jean-Michel Billig, Engineering, Quality & IT Director of Renault said: "With CMF, 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."
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."