Flexible design and a close relationship with the customer has helped Delphi introduce a compact power sliding door for a new class of small vehicles.

The Peugeot 1007 is the first small car to have a single motorised door on both sides, power-assisted throughout the operating range.

The contract strengthens Delphi’s position as a leading supplier of power closure products worldwide. By 2006, it will be supplying more than 340,000 units a year for European applications ranging from city cars to light commercial and multi-purpose vehicles, with significant growth expected into the next decade.

On the 1007, sliding doors also help provide very large openings, making access to the front and rear seats easier than with a traditional hinged door layout.

Each door has a dedicated cable drive unit mounted under the rear floor, controlled by a shared electronic control unit mounted under a front seat. In previous generation systems the cable pulls the middle of the door, but to achieve Peugeot’s packaging requirements Delphi modified its design to pull the base of each door.

“Our goal was to provide PSA Peugeot Citroen with the best packaging, mass, cost, reliability and performance possible,” said a spokesman. “Our engineering team worked very closely with PSA Peugeot Citroen to fit the drive units into the allocated space under the rear passenger floor, taking full advantage of the flexibility of our technology and the high level of system integration that our considerable experience with power products allows.”

Drive units will be manufactured at Delphi’s Ponte de Sor site in Portugal, and supplied as ready-to-fit modules. The electronic control unit, which also provides electronic system diagnostics and anti-pinch control, is manufactured at Saint Aubin du Cormier in Brittany, near Rennes.

In Europe, Delphi also supplies power sliding doors for Citroen, Fiat and Lancia.

In 2002, Citroen, Fiat, Lancia and Peugeot became the first European manufacturers to offer mass production vehicles fitted with an electric power sliding door when Delphi’s system was offered on the Peugeot 807, Citroen C8, Fiat Ulysse and Lancia Phedra.