Renault-Nissan Alliance Team

Beyond platform sharing: The Alliance's new approach to commonization

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is going beyond platform-sharing by adopting a new approach called Common Module Family (CMF). CMF aims to double common parts and components in future Renault and Nissan ranges. By sharing the technical architecture among a wide variety of models, the Alliance is maximizing scale and reducing the development cost of new vehicles.

Since the beginning of the Alliance, Renault and Nissan have shared platforms, like the B platform (Nissan Tiida/Versa and Renault Clio) and the C platform (Renault Mégane/Scénic and Nissan Qashqai). Today, the Alliance is pioneering a new approach to commonization: the Common Module Family (CMF), based on the “4+1 Big Modules” concept. The four modules – engine compartment, cockpit, front underbody and rear underbody– as well as the architecture for electrical and electronic components (+1), are designed to be combined in a variety of vehicles – compacts, sedans or SUVs – of the Renault and Nissan ranges. Between 2014 and 2016, 80% of the Alliance’s model launches will be based on a platform shared with a partner and will use standardization of parts through modules.

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