BASILDON, England, November 30 -- The advanced design expertise and capabilities of Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) in interiors, climate and electronics can be seen in the new Ford Transit - voted International Van of Year 2007.
Visteon's contribution to Europe's leading commercial vehicle totals more than 100 end items, and is the result of close co-development with Ford design engineers. The interior of the new Ford Transit, which has seen significant change with new innovative and unique stowage features, includes Visteon's new instrument panel.
"Visteon content on the new Ford Transit was developed to support Ford's aim of keeping its commercial vehicle as the leader in its class," said Andy Gill, Vice President and General Manager Ford/PAG Europe Customer Business Group. "Our engineers had to ensure we improved comfort, driving quality, styling and increased stowage for the new-look of the Ford Transit. Visteon is pleased to have played a part in its contribution to Europe's best-selling van."
Interiors and climate expertise
The new Transit reflects the same quality and function as contemporary passenger cars - Visteon's interior expertise contributes greatly to that result. Visteon's instrument panel manufactured in the UK, has a greater stowage capacity through Visteon's innovative use of storage space, which now includes bottle/ flask holders and a glove box that can be used to store A4 hanging files - a mobile office philosophy.
The heater and HVAC units, for front and rear, plus controls are manufactured in France. Other climate control components include air conditioning fluid transport lines, cooling modules and intercoolers, manufactured in the Czech Republic; compressors in Hungary; as well as condenser and radiators produced in the UK.
Commercial electronics innovation
The new Ford Transit is the first application for Visteon's new rechargeable Remote Keyless Entry system, which is manufactured in Spain. The waterproof key, coupled with the rechargeable functionality, ensures multi-drop delivery drivers using the key up to 100 times a day, have no flat batteries.
Rear lamps, rear centre high mounted stop lamp and turn indicators, manufactured in the Czech Republic, highlight Visteon's lighting capabilities, while three levels of in-car entertainment are provided by Visteon's audio systems, available in radio only, single CD and 6-CD versions. The system is manufactured in Portugal.
Other Visteon content includes powertrain and chassis components, which are sourced from various Visteon facilities across Europe and the U.S. Visteon powertrain content covers the powertrain control module (diesel and gasoline), intake manifold (diesel), electronic throttle body (gasoline), ignition coil on plug (gasoline), carbon canister and engine temperature sensors. Chassis components include front wheel drive halfshafts and differentials and disc brakes.
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