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Renault-Nissan to build 70% of products on common platform by 2020

A common platform allows the firm to make a wide range of vehicles from a smaller pool of parts, yielding more savings and greater value for customers

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance, formed by French auto major Renault and Japan's Nissan, expects around 70 per cent of its vehicles to be built on a Common Module Family (CMF)-A platform by 2020.

CMF allows the company to build a wide range of vehicles from a smaller pool of parts, resulting in more savings and greater value for customers.

The Alliance recently launched two products on the CMF platform -- Kwid (from Renault) and Redi-Go (from Datsun) in 2015 and in mid-2016, respectively.

Common Module Family

The Alliance said it is already reaping the benefits from CMF, reflected in the launch of the Rogue in North America by Nissan, Qashqai in Europe and the X-Trail in Japan and China. Renault also launched the new Espace, the Kadjar, the new Megane and Talisman, all based on CMF-C/D.

In 2015, Renault began selling the Kwid in India, followed by the launch of the Redi-Go by Datsun in mid-2016. Renault sold around 60,000 units of Kwid, one of the largest selling models in the country. Datsun sold 3,501 units of Redi-Go since its launch.

Both the products are built in the Alliance's plant in Chennai, on the CMF-A architecture, which covers the smallest and most affordable category of cars.

"With the launch of Common Module Family-A, the Renault-Nissan Alliance demonstrates its ability to enter a very competitive market such as India, where only a few OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) succeeded in meeting local customers' requirement for modern and affordable cars," said Arnaud Deboeuf, senior vice-president Renault-Nissan.

By 2020, the Alliance expects 70 per cent of its vehicles to be built on CMF architectures.


The Alliance said the cross-production of vehicles would continue to be a major driver of manufacturing synergies. It will leverage the Alliance Production Way, a manufacturing and shop-floor management system common to Renault and Nissan. The Alliance Production Way takes manufacturing benchmarks from both Renault and Nissan.

By end-2016, the Renault plant located at Flins near Paris will start the production of the new Nissan Micra.

The Alliance has an annual research and development budget of about ?4.5 billion. It has research centres in Atsugi, Japan; Guyancourt, France; Farmington Hills, Michigan, US; Sunnyvale, California, US; and in India, Brazil, Romania, Turkey and China, among other locations.


The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it generated 4.3 billion euro (Rs 32,869 crore) in synergies in 2015, one year ahead of schedule -- an increase of 13 per cent from 2014. Purchasing, engineering and manufacturing were the main contributors, said the Alliance.

Renault and Nissan generate synergies by working together to reduce costs, avoid spending and increase revenue. Only new synergies -- not cumulative -- are taken into account each year. Synergies help Renault and Nissan meet their financial goals and deliver higher-value vehicles to customers.

"Convergence in four of our key business functions has resulted in creating value by reducing costs, avoiding expenses and increasing revenues. Thanks to the convergence, the Alliance expects to generate at least ?5.5 billion in synergies in 2018," said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, which together sell one in 10 cars worldwide. The companies, which have been strategic partners since 1999, sold 8.5 million cars in nearly 200 countries in 2015.

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First Published: Tue, July 05 2016. 18:04 IST