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Following the unveiling of its new Talisman sedan last week, Renault has decided to flesh out the Common Module Family (CMF) modular vehicle architecture developed by it and Nissan via a long infographic.

Not much that anoraks won’t already know about the system, which is similar in concept to the Volkswagen Group’s MQB component-based system, but the infographic provides an easy to understand overview of what CMF is all about for those who aren’t so informed on the subject.

The system – which arrived in 2013 – comprises five interchangeable, compatible modules, these being cockpit, engine bay, front underbody, rear underbody and electrical/electronic architecture. The modules can be mixed and matched to create different application platforms, offering greater standardisation and flexibility.

Aside from simplified engineering, costs in production and purchasing are also significantly reduced, and the automaker says that these savings can be transferred to buyers in the form of increased high-value technological content.

Renault–Nissan has previously mentioned the various CMF platforms developed from the architecture – there’s CMF-A, which will underpin small, fuel efficient vehicles as well as CMF-B for mid-sized sedan/SUV applications and CMF-C/D for large and mid-sized vehicles.

The Talisman sits on the last, as does the new Espace and Kadjar, while Nissan applications include the new third-gen X-Trail/Rogue. Meanwhile, the first CMF-A vehicle is the Renault Kwid, which will be introduced into the Indian market in the second half of this year.

Renault says that CMF-C/D will provide the basis for 1.6 million vehicles a year by 2016, and that by 2020 70% of the alliance’s product scope will be based on CMF, where it will be seen on most Renault and Nissan offerings but not those of Infiniti.