Nissan has disclosed that it will double its utilization of common parts when it develops its future vehicles, reducing costs by almost 30% and offsetting high spending to make automobiles more fuel-efficient and safer. Dubbed Common Module Family (CMF), this new engineering concept basically revamps the way the automaker develops vehicles.
The automaker has disclosed that the initial automobiles under the CMF will be released in 2013.Due to its wide variety of vehicles ranging from subcompact hatchbacks to large trucks and SUVs, Nissan has found it impractical to utilize common parts within a platform. The components have to be good enough for the heaviest product.
On the other hand, components for the heaviest vehicles would be too costly for the platform's lightest automobiles. With the new engineering concept in place, the automaker will have four modules. These are the cockpit, engine compartment, rear underbody and front underbody. Each of them comes in different variants that depend on the weight of the automobile. They can also be shared across platforms.
Corporate Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto stated that this would help the automaker use common parts all throughout as many as 1.6 million automobiles, compared to the 50,000 to 200,000 units that are currently being covered.
He added that Nissan is aiming to ultimately meet the volume reach of Volkswagen, which founded the unification concept in the vehicle industry. Nissan and French partner Renault's CEO Carlos Ghosn disclosed that everything they are doing is about how to make things more in common with partners and keep the specificity of each brand.