Nissan has trimmed down to eight passenger-vehicle platforms, but could cut even further.
Nissan product boss Patrick Pelata sees no need for a future A platform if the Japan-market minicar platform could be used instead.
Pelata also dislikes using a platform for only one low-volume product: the Japan-only Elgrand. Product sharing on the FFL platform won't happen for some time - the new Renault Vel Satis has its own platform. But Pelata is happy that the planned volume for the B and C platform, when shared with Renault, is 4 million units a year.
Minicar: Could replace A platform
A: No product yet - to be shared with Renault
B: March, Micra - to be shared with Renault
C: Almera, Primera - to be shared with Renault
FFL: Altima, Maxima, minivan, sportwagon in USA
FR: Stagea, Skyline, Cedric, Gloria, Cima, 350Z, Infiniti Q45 and G35
Frame: Full-size pickup and sport-utility for USA, Patrol and Terrano
Elgrand: Japan-only minivan
LCV: Commercial vehicles for Europe and Japan