PARIS -- A number of automakers are interested in Delphi Corp.'s compact power sliding door, said Volker Barth, Delphi president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The Peugeot 1007 has sliding doors instead of traditional hinged doors. Peugeot hopes the doors give the 1007 a competitive advantage over rivals such as the Renault Modus, Opel Meriva and Ford Fusion. The car debuted at last month's Paris auto show.
The 1007 only comes with Delphi's motorized system. But Barth said Delphi's potential customers are considering the powered sliding doors as an option. Peugeot executives said the 1007 will cost $17,250. The car will have a high level of standard equipment such as electronic stability control.
The 1007's doors attracted a lot of interest at the show. Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn and Volkswagen AG Chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder were two of the many people seen trying them.
Power sliding doors are common on minivans. But those doors are primarily for the passengers behind the front seats. The passengers up front must enter and exit through hinged doors. That is not the case with the 1007.
By 2006, Delphi aims to supply more than 340,000 units annually in Europe with power closure products. The applications will range from small city cars to light commercial and multipurpose vehicles.
In Europe, Delphi also supplies power sliding doors to large minivans made by Peugeot's sister brand, Citroen, Fiat and Lancia.