Denso Corp. will target French automakers in its bid to become one of Europe's top five suppliers by 2010.
"First we built up our business with the Japanese carmakers in Europe," Denso CEO Koichi Fukaya told Automotive News Europe, a sister publication to Automotive News. "Now we must approach the French groups."
Fukaya sees Denso's relationship with Nissan Motor Co. as a handy way of building ties with Renault SA. Denso already supplies its common-rail diesel system to the Europe-built Nissan Primera, Almera, Almera Tino, Pathfinder and Navara. Renault owns 44.4 percent of Nissan.
Denso has used its ties with Mazda Motor Corp. to win business with Ford Motor Co.
Ford, which owns 33.4 percent of Mazda, will equip its Transit line of light-commercial vehicles with Denso's common-rail system.
Masahiko Miyaki, managing officer for Denso's fuel injection product division, hinted that the Transit will not be the only model with a Denso diesel.
"We expect big growth in business with Ford," Miyaki said.