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Trevor Collett | Jul, 07 2014 | 0 Comments

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has revealed further details on its Common Modular Family (CMF) platform. At the same time, the partnership announced a seven percent improvement in savings from ‘synergies’ last year.

The total boost to the Alliance’s bottom line was 2.87 billion Euros (AU$4.17 billion), up from 2.69 billion the previous year with the ‘Purchasing’ department contributing the most at 1.036 billion (AU$1.5 billion).

Much of the improvements came from cost reduction, cost avoidance and revenue increases through engineering and powertrain improvements, with early CMF models responsible for some of those savings.

After an initial prediction that CMF would underpin at least 14 new models, the Alliance now believes up to 70 percent of all models will be perched upon the platform by 2020.

The CMF architecture offers three ‘sizes’; CMF-A for small cars, CMF-B for midsized models and CMF-C/D for larger vehicles.

“CMF enables Renault and Nissan to build a wide range of vehicles from a smaller pool of parts, while at the same time increasing customer choice and quality,” the Alliance said in a statement.

In Australia, the new Nissan X-Trail was the first model to arrive locally with CMF underpinnings, to be joined by the smaller Qashqai SUV which launches this month; both built on the CMF-C/D platform.

For Renault, the first CMF model will be the replacement for the Espace people-mover. The new model appeared in patent images in March this year, and is due to make its debut in 2015.

Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar told TMR earlier this year that the Espace is on the carmaker’s radar for a local launch, but “it’s a distant blip”.

Further savings for the Alliance came from the emerging markets of Russia and India, where the pair now share manufacturing facilities.

The Indian plant will likely be the base for the first CMF-A variants, although details of those models are yet to be unveiled.

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