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Renault-Nissan reveals next stage of partnership

They have been working together towards the introduction of green cars for more than a decade: and now the Renault-Nissan Alliance has revealed the latest stage of its partnership.

Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn (pictured) has announced that the companies will again combine their forces to develop new vehicles meant to meet specific demands of new car buyers. It will be known as CMF-A - covering the common module family of vehicles.

According to Renault-Nissan, CMF is not a platform as it is a cross-sector concept. It is set to be introduced between 2013 and 2020 and will account for 1.6million vehicles and 14 different models every year.

Carlos Ghosn Renault-Nissan Alliance

As part of its approach it will incorporate five different modules: the cockpit; the engine bay; the front underbody; the rear underbody; and the electrical architecture. The compatible parts will then be assembled into 100s of configurations in an attempt to maximise efficiency.

The CMF-A category is meant to offer a high degree of flexibility with powertrain variations and different body styles. Production will begin in 2015 in Chennai, India, with vehicles built to match the specific needs of the Indian market and other high growth regions.

Speaking about the CMF-A programme, Carlos Ghosn commented that the Alliance is breaking new ground in the world's fastest growing economies offering them cars that are modern, robust and stylish: all at a price point that represents a real cost breakthrough.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance was formed in 1999 at a time when only one per cent of group sales came from the BRIC - Brazil, Russia, India and China. By 2012, more than 30 per cent of total group sales came in these four countries alone.

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Paul Lucas

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