Renault-Nissan confirms CMF-based vehicles specifically for growth markets
The French-Japanese alliance of Renault-Nissan has announced the development of all-new vehicles to meet demands of prospective buyers in developing economies around the world.
The announcement deals with the Common Module Family (CMF-A) program to manufacture affordable cars, which has been jointly developed by Renault SAS and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Image of 2013 Renault Scala RxZ used for reference
The CMF-A is a unique modular system of vehicle architecture. The approach defines vehicles as five essential modules: the engine bay, cockpit, front underbody, rear underbody and electrical/electronic architecture. The compatible parts can then be assembled into hundreds of possible configurations, for maximum efficiency and brand differentiation.
Production of CMF-A based vehicles will begin in 2015 at the manufacturing plant in Chennai. The plant currently produces the Renault Pulse, Scala and Duster, and the Nissan Micra, Sunny and Evalia and represents an investment of about $1 billion USD. It has an annual production capacity of 400,000 vehicles per year. CMF-A creates a high degree of flexibility. Significant body style and powertrain variations can be matched to specific markets like India and other developing countries.
Renault-Nissan Common Module Family diagram
"We are breaking new ground with CMF-A to meet and exceed the high standards of consumers in the world's fastest growing economies, particularly people buying a new car for the first time. These influential consumers don't want a decontented car originally intended for consumers in mature markets. They want and deserve a car that is modern, robust and stylish, at a price point that represents a 'cost breakthrough' for such a generous vehicle," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO and Chairman, Renault and Nissan.
We covered the announcement of the CMF-A here.
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