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Toyota reveals new lighter, more rigid TNGA platform

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The new Toyota TNGA platform is developed for both front and rear wheel drive vehicles. It will be seen on Toyota’s future models, resulting in better efficiency and improved handling.

Toyota TNGA platform

New Toyota TNGA platform follows the likes of Volkswagen’s MQB, Renault’s CMFA, and Mercedes’ MFA and MRA. This new platform is lighter; between 30 to 65 percent more rigid as compared to the existing platforms while also contributing to a lower centre of gravity.

As on date, the Japanese automaker relies on over 100 platforms and sub-platforms for its vehicles. The introduction of TNGA platform, will considerably reduce number of cars that Toyota will need to engineer from scratch. This is because by 2020, over half of Toyota models will receive this platform. The new TNGA platform will result in sharing of components such as front and rear crash system, suspension, powertrains, radiators, steering system, climate control and seat frames which will also bring down costs significantly.

Toyota TNGA platform

Due to the new TNGA platform seat frames can be adjusted at various heights permitting the TNGA platform to be used for vehicles right from superminis to MPVs. (The 2016 Toyota Innova is expected to be based on the TNGA platform.)

Investments in a TNGA based model will be about 40% less than a similar model from 2008. Out of this saving, the company has confirmed that a major proportion will be invested in making even better cars in the future.