Delphi to Supply Electronic Fuel Injection System for Kohler Commercial Engines

October 22, 2008

Delphi electronic fuel injection technology to provide fuel savings and reduce emissions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Delphi Corporation has been selected by Kohler Co. to provide a new electronic fuel injection (EFI) system for the Command PRO® and Aegis® commercial engines. The customized Multec® EFI system - which controls the air, fuel, and spark delivery in engines - offers significant fuel savings, improved performance and reduced emissions. The system is calibrated for alternative fuel options that enable the use of blends up to 100 percent ethanol content. It eliminates the often-frustrating choke, improving start-ability and increasing potential horsepower by up to 10 percent.

Beginning in 2009, Delphi will supply the exclusive flex-fuel EFI system for Kohler's Command PRO air-cooled and Aegis liquid-cooled engines, which power equipment in the turf, small industrial and commercial markets. These engines will be available on riding mowers, commercial mowers, generators, concrete-cutting equipment, sawmills, welders and more.

"Fuel savings and power can differentiate a manufacturer's product in a competitive marketplace," said Scott Bailey, general manager for Delphi's Powertrain Gas Engine Management Systems. "A mower with increased power from a Kohler Command engine will be more capable of handling long, thick, and wet grass, and is not as likely to 'clog' or hesitate like carbureted mowers. As fuel costs continue to fluctuate, fuel efficiency remains an obvious concern among owners."

The EFI-equipped engines will be launched during the Green Industry and Equipment Show, Oct. 23-25 in Louisville, KY. Over the next 18-24 months, Kohler will incorporate the new EFI system across 26 models of its commercial line of engines.

"Kohler first introduced EFI as an option on a few select models in the mid 1990s. With this new and exclusive design, we're able to offer EFI at a competitive price point as a standard feature on 26 engine models from 19 to 41 hp," said Rich Koehl, director of Marketing and Quality, Kohler Engines. "Customers using these EFI-equipped products will be able to realize a 17 to 28 percent fuel savings with this package, depending on the application." For example, Koehl said landscape professionals could realize a payback on their investment in less than one mowing season.

"Delphi is working to expand its small engine Multec EFI capability across a variety of global applications where customers need complete engine management systems to meet increasing demands for fuel efficiency and economy," stated Bailey. "The system was designed for great flexibility, enabling use across multiple platforms."


Within the Kohler Global Power Group, Kohler engine division and its affiliate Lombardini, Srl manufacture gasoline engines from 4-41 hp, and diesel engines from 7-67 hp marketed worldwide under the brand names KOHLER and LOMBARDINI. Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin-USA, Kohler Co. is one of the oldest and largest privately-held companies in the United States. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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Delphi is a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems, including powertrain, safety, steering, thermal, and controls & security systems, electrical/electronic architecture, and in-car entertainment technologies. Engineered to meet and exceed the rigorous standards of the automotive industry, Delphi technology is also found in computing, communications, consumer electronics, energy and medical applications. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Delphi has approximately 159,000 employees and operates 153 wholly owned manufacturing sites in 34 countries with sales of $22.3 billion in 2007.

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Stephanie Dlugopolski
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