Leading Japanese automakers are embarking on ambitious programs to cut component costs, with significant implications for their parts suppliers.
Nissan Motor (Yokohama), for example, recently announced the introduction of its next-generation vehicle engineering concept, called Nissan Common Module Family (CMF). Nissan vehicles developed under the CMF strategy are slated to enter the marketplace from 2013.
Also known as the 4+1 Big Module Concept, CMF separates the vehicle into the engine compartment, front underbody, cockpit, and rear underbody, plus the electrical and electronics architecture, with each module having appropriate variations. Depending on the module configuration, a variety of vehicles —from compacts, through large-sized vehicles through to tall SUVs—can be efficiently designed.