Toyota has recently jumped onto the platform-sharing bandwagon and announced a new framework called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) which will be used to develop several models in order to reduce cost and speed up development.
Such a move is common in the industry nowadays. A good example is Volkswagen’s new MQB architecture, which underpins the latest Audi A3 hatchback and the next MK7 Golf. Common platform allows greater use of common parts, which in turns improves the economy of scale. Imagine a noodle stall owner that orders large quantity of fish cake at a lower unit cost as he uses it as an ingredient in both Hokkien Mee and Char Kway Teow dishes.
The TNGA will be launched with three front-wheel drive platforms, covering about half the Japanese brand’s models. More excitingly, the new platforms will benefit from a lower center of gravity, which will help to improve handling and probably make Toyota products look more aggressive.
Toyota confirmed that the first tangible hint of the TNGA was the NS4 plug-in hybrid concept unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Looking at the new Toyota 86 Coupe and the recently-launched Avalon, we can be hopeful that the Japanese automaker is heading in the right direction.
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