Like Volkswagen’s MQB platform, the Common Module Family (CMF) is the Renault Nissan Alliance’s unique system of modular architecture which will provide an increasing source of synergies. With CMF, Renault and Nissan will be able to build a wide range of vehicles from a smaller pool of parts while, at the same time, increasing customer choice and quality. Small vehicles are based on CMF-A, while mid-sized vehicles will use CMF-B, and the largest vehicles will have CMF-C/D.

In November 2013, Nissan began selling its first vehicle on the CMF in the USA – the new Rogue SUV which is built on the CMF-C/D. The following month, Nissan began selling the X-Trail crossover SUV in Japan, also based on CMF-C/D.

First model to use CMF – Nissan Rogue for US market

The first model based using the CMF in Renault’s range will be the replacement for the Espace, which will debut in 2015. This will use the CMF-C/D.

In 2013, the Alliance also began development work on CMF-A for the most affordable category of cars. Production of CMF-A vehicles will begin in 2015 at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Chennai, India.

“Development of CMF vehicles is helping to drive synergies in all our major business areas – from purchasing to vehicle engineering and powertrains,” said Christian Mardrus, Alliance Executive Vice- President for Renault-Nissan B.V. and the Alliance CEO Office. “CMF will continue to be a major driver of our synergies in the future with 70% of our vehicles expected to fall within the CMF scope by 2020.”

The Alliance also generated synergies in emerging markets, such as India and Russia, where Renault and Nissan manufacture vehicles together at the same plants. Last year, Renault began sales of the Duster SUV in the UK and South Africa. The right-hand drive vehicles are produced at Renault-Nissan Automotive India Private Limited in Oragadam, India, near Chennai. The plant, which has a capacity of 400,000 vehicles per year, splits production between Renault and Nissan vehicles.

Also last year, Nissan began sales of the Almera sedan which is built in Togliatti, a manufacturing complex shared with partners Renault and AVTOVAZ, Russia’s largest automaker.

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