Delphi has announced that it has won a contract with an estimated lifetime value exceeding $US2.5 billion to supply advanced common rail diesel injection systems to Renault. Delphi says the contract builds on existing co-operation between the two companies in high-tech areas, including the introduction last year of a new generation of high-performance diesel vehicles that use Delphi's Multec(TM) DCR 1400 injection systems.

"We are delighted to have developed with Renault the second generation diesel common rail and to have signed this very important contract," said Jose Maria Alapont, president of Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa and vice president, Delphi Corp. "This jointly developed advanced diesel common rail technology provides better performance, greater refinement and lower fuel consumption and emissions: all key factors in differentiating diesel vehicles in an increasingly competitive market."

Delphi common rail systems will be available on the new Megane II, launched recently at the Paris Auto Show, as well as Clio and Kangoo models fitted with the 1.5 litre dCi engine. The new agreement will take the partnership with Renault on common rail up to 2008. The system has already allowed Renault to achieve compliance with the Euro III emissions standards and will allow compliance with Euro IV when required.

Delphi says that its second generation common rail technology has already attracted substantial additional business with Ford, Hyundai-Kia and PSA Peugeot Citroen. Delphi forecasts that its common rail manufacturing production is expected to reach 2.5 million systems per year by 2006.

Dominique Chauvin, European managing director of Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems, expects diesel engines to account for more than 45 percent of European car sales by 2005 compared with around 39 percent today.