TOYOTA (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. will start selling the first vehicles built under its parts-sharing and platform framework in 2015, the company said on Wednesday, as rivals led by Volkswagen pursue similar strategies to cut costs.
The framework, called the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), shares parts among vehicles using the same platform in order to save costs and manpower.
Initially, vehicles will share 20-30 percent of parts, a ratio Toyota wants to eventually expand to 70-80 percent, Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato said.
"Global competition among automakers is becoming more severe, and TNGA is an effort to make more efficient and more attractive products," he told reporters.
VW Group has started using its MQB platform in models such as the VW Golf, Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia, and almost all of the group's small and medium front-wheel-drive family models are being designed around it.