From 2013 onward, Nissan and Renault will begin sharing components for their vehicles, not only to reduce costs but to also expand the product range of both brands.
Through the "common module family" engineering architecture, both Nissan and Renault can share the same parts to create "an unprecedented number of vehicles developed within the alliance." According to both carmakers, CMF will first be applied to models in the compact and large car segments before it is applied to other vehicle classes.
For Nissan, the first vehicles to utilize CMF are the replacements for the Rogue, the Qashqai and the X-Trail in late 2013. Renault will follow in late 2014 with the replacements for the Espace, the Scenic and the Laguna.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance projects that CMF will reduce the entry cost per model by an average of 30 to 40%, while parts cost will also be reduced by 20 to 30%. A total of 14 models will also benefit from the use of CMF, with 11 from the Renault group and three from Nissan.
"CMF opens a new era in engineering synergies for the alliance," said Renault-Nissan Alliance engineering boss Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi. "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."