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Delphi Corporation

January 13, 2010 07:00 ET

Delphi Provides Key Technologies to 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year

Delphi Provides Fuel Efficiency, Connectivity and Comfort Systems for 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Safety and Performance Innovations for 2010 Ford Transit Connect

TROY, MI--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - Delphi Corp. is a key supplier to the 2010 North American Car of the Year -- the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid -- and the 2010 North American Truck of the Year -- the 2010 Ford Transit Connect. Delphi's product offerings provide innovative and cost-effective technologies to customers while also incorporating market-leading functionality and reliability. Delphi continues to deliver the power of innovation to a wide range of products that add real-world value for its customers and is proud to be a partner to Ford on these outstanding vehicles.

Delphi Provides Fuel Efficiency, Connectivity and Comfort for 2010 Ford Fusion

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid hosts an array of Delphi innovations from Delphi's portfolio of safe, green and connected technologies. The Ford Fusion Hybrid utilizes Delphi's high-voltage battery pack to power the vehicle's electric motor. Hybrid vehicles like the Fusion Hybrid require specialized electrical and electronic components that can stand up to rigorous power requirements in a challenging operating environment. A real-world power solution, the battery pack helps the vehicle to produce extremely low emission levels and reduce fuel usage, enabling the vehicle to attain 41 mpg in city driving. In addition to the battery pack, Delphi provides the high voltage electrical center, battery service disconnect device and battery cell interconnects to this award-winning vehicle.

The Fusion Hybrid is also equipped with Delphi's evaporative emissions canister, purge actuator, electronic throttle body and speed sensors. Evaporative emissions canisters limit the amount of gasoline vapors -- a key factor in the creation of ozone -- from entering the atmosphere while the purge actuator controls the flow of fuel vapors to the engine. Delphi's electronic throttle controls administer airflow to the engine for proper air-fuel mixture which helps optimize combustion and improve the Fusion Hybrid's engine efficiency. By monitoring the speed of the vehicle and the transmission turbine, Delphi's digital speed sensors help optimize the Fusion's fuel economy and transmission efficiency.

Delphi's innovative technologies also address passenger comfort with dual zone HVAC and climate control modules. In cooling mode, the air-conditioning system reduces battery power consumption to maximize vehicle propulsion power. In heating mode, the control module algorithm optimizes engine operation and electric water pump control for winter time heating and defrosting operations by only running the engine when comfort is not achieved or maximum windshield clearing power is required -- optimizing both comfort and fuel economy.

2010 Transit Connect Sports Delphi Technology

In addition to Delphi's electronic throttle body and evaporative canister, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect features Delphi's Passive Occupant Detection System (PODS) as well as the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) controller. PODS helps to reduce the potential for airbag-induced injury in a crash event.

The TPMS controller, with a built-in RF receiver, assesses whether each tire's pressure is within system limits and sends that information to the instrument cluster so the driver can take action as soon as possible.

The North American Car and Truck of the Year awards are selected by 50 of the most experienced and respected automotive journalists in Canada and the United States. They represent newspapers, magazines, web sites, television and radio shows. The winners were announced at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show.

About Delphi

Delphi Corp. is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for autos, commercial and other vehicles. With more than 100,000 employees at 270 locations and 24 engineering centers in 32 countries, Delphi brings the power of innovation to a wide range of products and services that add value for car makers and car drivers alike. Delphi delivers real-world innovations that make products smarter and safer as well as more powerful and more efficient. For more information on Delphi, visit

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