Delphi has announced that it will supply what it terms its industry-leading modular door to DaimlerChrysler for its new Actros heavy-duty truck launched at the Hannover Truck Show.

“We continue to grow our customer base throughout the world,” said James A. Bertrand, president of Delphi Safety & Interior Systems and vice president of Delphi. “Bringing the modular door to the European market in a commercial vehicle for the first time is a special landmark for us.”

Delphi’s modular door systems feature integrated subsystems, which make up the entire door system. Major door system components include the trim elements, movable side glass, window lift, electrics and electronics, latching, switches and climate control features.

Delphi says that innovative technical solutions to provide a more cost-effective approach to total door system assembly include:

Door trim – The door trim integrates the inside door handle, the pull grip, speaker grille and speaker, map pocket, the electronic control module and the switches listed below.

Electric and comfort controls – the modular door includes switches for heating and positioning of outside mirrors, power side-window controls and side-window defrost vents.

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Hardware module – includes the inside and outside latching system, window lifts, window guiding system and window.

Delphi says that by designing and manufacturing these components integrated in the modular door, Delphi has the capability to simplify the installation process by integrating up to 85 percent of the door’s content in the modular door.

Delphi says the modular door system design makes the door more reliable and more economical by providing a majority of the door components in one integrated system that is pre-tested and easily installed, avoiding many of the ergonomic issues found in the assembly of a conventional door.