Renault Chief Competitive Officer Thierry Bollore has the task of boosting synergies with alliance partner Nissan in his role as head of product development, manufacturing and the supply chain for the French automaker. Bollore is joint No. 2 at Renault with Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll, who oversees sales and marketing. Bollore spoke with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Nick Gibbs.
By 2020, Renault-Nissan aims to build 70 percent of alliance models on common module family (CMF) platforms. How many CMF platforms will there be?
We have CMF A, CMF B and CMF C-D. The Twingo has its own platform shared with Daimler. What is at stake is to have the highest ratio possible of common parts and common part numbers for everything the customer does not see.
What are the benefits of CMF platforms?
When you bundle purchasing, you massively increase the quantity of parts when you negotiate contracts with suppliers.
The Nissan Qashqai and Renault Espace are the first cars on CMF C-D and the first CMF A car will be built in India next year. When is the first CMF B car coming?
We have subcompact cars on subcompact modules already. We are making a lot of progress from generation to generation.