SHANGHAI – Chery has awarded Delphi a significant contract to provide complete Occupant Protection Systems (OPS) and integrated navigation systems for several of its vehicles beginning in 2009.
Delphi will integrate comprehensive OPS to match the needs of each of the vehicles.
Beginning in 2009, Delphi will supply Chery with all driver and passenger airbags, curtain airbags, side airbags, passenger seat occupant detection systems and airbag control units. In addition, it will also supply side- and frontal-impact sensors, along with seat-track position sensors on all vehicles that Chery is currently producing.
For certain Chery vehicles to be announced at a later date, Delphi will also supply a camera-based back-up aid system and a navigation system. The integrated navigation radio LCD display will function as a map and also serve as a screen to show what is behind the vehicle while backing up.
Delphi Electronics (Suzhou) Corp., a wholly-owned Delphi venture in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, will supply most of the audio, entertainment and safety products included in the deal, Scarlett Liu, Delphi China Communications manager told CBU/CAR. In addition, Beijing Delphi Automotive Safety Products Co., Ltd., a 51:49 JV between Delphi and Beijing United Automobile Motorcycle Manufacturing Corp. (BAM), will also supply certain safety components, said Liu.
“It is truly exciting to be named a major safety supplier to China’s fastest-growing domestic auto company,” said Dan Salmons, Delphi Electronics & Safety Asia/Pacific managing director. “Our job now is to execute and help Chery continue on its expansion into new markets. This business also helps Delphi further diversify our customer portfolio.”
“Chery chose Delphi over our competitors because of Delphi’s price competitiveness, capability and knowledge of the North American market,” said Charles Goad, Delphi Electronics, Safety Entertainment & Communications executive. “Our capability to offer complete systems was a distinct advantage for Delphi.”
The Chery integrated radio navigation system sourced from Delphi will include touch-screen operation and DVD and MP3 functionality, along with rear seat entertainment controls.