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DETROIT — Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., was awarded a contract from Ford Motor Co. to supply its Mach MP3 music system as an option for the 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Mach MP3 systems allow users to listen to 10 hours of personalized music on one CD. Visteon produces the systems at its plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Delphi buys ATRi

LAS VEGAS — Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. of Troy, Mich., bought Automotive Technical Resources Inc. for $15 million.

The company will become part of Delphi’s aftermarket operations’ new business unit called Delphi Integrated Service Solutions, which will focus on products and services for technicians and shop managers.

Automotive Technical Resources of Troy, Mich., has 50 employees in two sales and technical offices.

Nissan teams with Immersion

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Immersion Corp. of San Jose, Calif., is working with Nissan Motor Co. to put its TouchSense technology in the automaker’s prototype vehicles.

TouchSense is a system designed to help drivers control electronics such as navigation, phone and entertainment systems with little distraction. Nissan used the technology on the steering wheel of the Primera-based concept car it introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show.

BorgWarner wins business

CHICAGO — BorgWarner Inc. of Chicago expects $1.1 billion in new powertrain business for 2002 through 2004. The business includes programs with Honda, General Motors, Volkswagen and Hyundai.

BorgWarner expects almost 50 percent of the new business to be engine-related, and 34 percent to involve four-wheel drive systems.

Visteon, Boston Acoustics partner

PEABODY, Mass. — Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., and Boston Acoustics Inc. of Peabody, Mass., signed a multiyear agreement to develop and deliver Boston Acoustics-brand audio systems to automakers.

McLaren to supply GM Racing

DETROIT — McLaren Performance Technologies Inc. of Livonia, Mich., will partner with General Motors Racing to develop an engine for its 2002 Cadillac Northstar LeMans Prototype race car.

The powerplant will be an updated version of the 4.0-liter Northstar V-8 racing engine. The race car will compete at the 12-hour race in Sebring, Fla., on March 16.

Dana to supply Land Rover

TOLEDO, Ohio — Dana Corp.’s traction technologies group was chosen to supply front and rear axles for three future Land Rover sport-utilities.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The first sport-utility is expected to go on sale in the 2004 model year.

ASC, Inalfa merge units

LAS VEGAS — ASC Inc. of Southgate, Mich., and Inalfa Industries of Venray, the Netherlands, have signed a letter of intent to merge their aftermarket operations in a 50-50 joint venture.

The companies’ original-equipment business will remain separate.

The new organization, which has not been named, will supply aftermarket sunroofs and seat heaters. It will start operating in early 2002.

ASC and Inalfa expect the venture to have $20 million in estimated sunroof sales in 2002.

Motorola to supply Mercedes

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Motorola Inc.’s automotive communications and electronics systems group in Elk Grove Village, Ill., will supply its V60 hands-free phone system as a dealer-installed option for 2002 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The system will be available in early December.

KSR, TriCorp form joint venture

DETROIT — KSR International of Ridgetown, Ontario, and TriCorp Design of Troy, Mich., formed a joint venture company called TriCorp Technologies.

The joint-venture company offers design support for parts, data translations and small production runs.

KSR supplies brake pedals and electronic throttle control units.TriCorp Design is a supplier of design support and recruiting services.

ASC, Inalfa merge units

LAS VEGAS — ASC Inc. of Southgate, Mich., and Inalfa Industries of Venray, the Netherlands, have signed a letter of intent to merge their aftermarket operations in a 50-50 joint venture.

The companies’ original-equipment business will remain separate.

The new organization, which has not been named, will supply aftermarket sunroofs and seat heaters. It will start operating in early 2002.

ASC and Inalfa expect the venture to have $20 million in estimated sunroof sales in 2002.

Motorola to supply Mercedes

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Motorola Inc.’s automotive communications and electronics systems group in Elk Grove Village, Ill., will supply its V60 hands-free phone system as a dealer-installed option for 2002 Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The system will be available in early December.

KSR, TriCorp form joint venture

DETROIT — KSR International of Ridgetown, Ontario, and TriCorp Design of Troy, Mich., formed a joint venture company called TriCorp Technologies.

The joint-venture company offers design support for parts, data translations and small production runs.

KSR supplies brake pedals and electronic throttle control units.TriCorp Design is a supplier of design support and recruiting services.

Visteon to work on crash system

DETROIT — Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., in partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and safety component supplier AssistWare Technology, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation to test a new crash warning system.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The companies will work to design and test technology to warn drivers when their vehicles start to drift off the road. They also will develop technology to warn drivers when their vehicles are moving too fast for upcoming curves.

Freudenberg-NOK creates unit

LAS VEGAS — Freudenberg-NOK of Plymouth, Mich., combined its aftermarket brands into one business unit called Corteco.

The Corteco line includes gaskets, seals, and engine and transmission mounts.

Magna to build BMW X3

AURORA, Ontario — The Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik unit of Magna International Inc.’s Magna Steyr Group signed an agreement to develop and manufacture the BMW X3 sport-utility.

Production is expected to start in 2004.

Annual revenue for the supplier is expected to be about $1 billion starting in 2004.

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