Friday, October 25, 2013
Nissan To Launch New X-Trail SUV In Dec
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nissan Motor Co. (7201) said Thursday it will launch a new version of its X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Japan this December.
It is the first model to adopt cost-cutting common modules shared with partner Renault SA, and annual global sales of 500,000 units are targeted.
The redesigned X-Trail features an automatic braking system that reduces the risk of frontal collisions and a function to improve handling and ride comfort on bumpy roads. It will be available in two-row, five-seat and three-row, seven-seat configurations.
Nissan and Renault have devised the so-called Common Module Family system, which involves sharing four common modules, including those for seating and engines, to lower costs. Competitor Volkswagen AG also uses a parts-standardization strategy.
The partners plan to develop 14 models that share common modules, for a total of 1.6 million vehicles per year. The companies aim to generate an average 30-40% reduction in development costs per model, and save 20-30% on parts for the alliance.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 25 morning edition)