Renault and Nissan will develop a new family of modules, referred to as "CMF." This "CMF" (common family modules) will lead to the Alliance by an "average reduction of 30 to 40% of the cost of entry ticket by model" and "20 to 30% of the cost of parts," according to Renault. At first, the "CMF" concern segments compact and family, or 1.6 million vehicles per year, representing 14 models (eleven for the Renault group and three for Nissan). Eventually, it will be set up in more than a dozen countries on five continents. Beyond the compact cars and wagons, urban are subsequently involved in the program.
The first Nissan vehicles involved come out the end of 2013: these are replacements for compact 4×4 Rogue (U.S. market) Qashqai (produced in Britain) and X-Trail (made in Japan). The first model will be the new Renault Espace and ScÃ©nic MPV and the successor to the Laguna family, produced and marketed Douai in 2014. This "CMF" consists of compatible modules that can be combined: engine compartment, passenger compartment, underbody front, rear underbody, electrical-electronic circuit.
"Daimler was not involved in this discussion," said Wednesday that Jean-Michel Billig, director of engineering and member of the Executive Committee of Renault, although the diamond company, Nissan and Daimler (Mercedes) are allied ago three. Jean-Michel Billig did not quantify precisely the savings that will make the French manufacturer with this program. But "with the same budget, it absorbs all the extra costs associated with regulatory, environmental, security and new features." The only "additional costs of the new European emission standard Euro 6" cost hundreds of millions of euros, "said the officer." My budget for research and development will be constant at least in the four, five years " thanks to savings made by sharing components with its ally Nissan.
Beyond these major announcements, it's hard to understand that this kind of program arrives. . . so late. This is, in fact, fourteen years Renault has established its alliance with Nissan, which he now holds 43.4% stake. It seems, in fact, that the policy of common platforms has undergone hazards. Initially, the Alliance announced loudly a strong commonality of platforms. Then the two manufacturers have diverged and returned back. Renault and Nissan have shared platforms, such as the Renault MÃ©gane and ScÃ©nic, shared with the Nissan Qashqai today. However, after producing small Renault Clio III and the Nissan Micra and Note III on the same basis, the Alliance has come to completely different platforms with these Clio IV, IV Micra and Note II. . . Curious evolution!
The Volkswagen group last year it released a new modular platform "MQB" with the release of Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf VII. PSA inaugurated for his part now its modular platform "EMP2" with the release of Citroen C4 Picasso II, which will suvi the return of the Peugeot 308 II. "We will achieve more than 40 models on this platform, more than 3.5 million units annually by 2018," explained last October in joe. fr Ulrich Hackenberg, Head of Research and Development of Volkswagen, during initial testing of the Golf VII. "The deployment of this platform will allow us to reduce by 20% the amount of term investments for new models," he stressed. "You can do with this platform different models of the future Volkswagen Polo (city) to the Passat (family)." The only niche compact as the Golf, "the components are common to 70% of a model to another." The "EMP2" PSA will, for its part, also used by its U.S. ally GM. Common principle in future compact cars, upper middle and high-end, the "EMP2" must also be used by MPV and "Crossovers" Opel, GM's German subsidiary. PSA and GM together aim 1.8 million vehicles this "EMP2" in 2018. Discover more in this article