Delphi selects common-rail diesel dealers

PARIS - Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. has launched a network of common-rail diesel service dealers.

Delphi's action follows the growing popularity of diesel-engine cars in Europe, says Bernhard Mrosek, managing director of Delphi Automotive Aftermarket.

The supplier says it had appointed its first 75 common-rail diesel service dealers at the Equip auto show here. Delphi expects its European network to expand to 400 by 2003.

The dealers will have diagnostic, removal and refit capabilities, Mrosek says.

They will offer services to franchised dealers, independent garages and the general public.

By 2005, Mrosek says, Delphi expects 70 percent of diesel-powered new cars to use common-rail systems.

"Delphi is now the world's second-largest producer of diesel-injection systems (after Robert Bosch Corp.)," Mrosek said. "By 2005 there will be 2 million Delphi common-rail systems in use."

Mrosek identified vehicle electronics as a long-term growth area.

New Delphi products to be launched in the next year include injectors, cam sensors, ignition modules, airbag sensors and electronic control modules.

Delphi also will launch an advanced antenna with the ability to receive signals via satellite.

Delphi will upgrade 30 percent to 40 percent of its existing distributors to become electronics specialists.

In January, Delphi will launch consumer-product electronics distribution for the aftermarket, including a range of monitors for overhead and wireless installations.

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