, Eye Aftermarket Replacement parts are a small portion of overall sales for the world's top two automotive suppliers, but the aftermarket is a top priority for Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. and Visteon Corp.
The spun-off parts giants used the recent Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas to announce new products and new strategies. This was's first year at AAPEX and 's second.
Under its separation agreement fromCorp., Delphi could not sell products in the U.S. aftermarket until 2001 because of competitive issues with GM's Service Parts Operation (SPO).
With the new year around the corner, Delphi is ready to jump into the market with its Delphi brand and an emphasis on electronics (engine control modules, mobile multimedia products, electronic fuel pumps, diesel injectors and diesel fuel pumps). Delphi is creating an online product and service catalog so technicians can access product information more quickly.
Despite the sales initiative in the U.S., Delphi says it will continue its relationship with GM SPO. Global aftermarket operations already have been launched.
Visteon will offer its new Portable NavMate navigation system on the aftermarket in March for about $1,700. The system will feature voice prompts, digital maps, GPS and color screen and will be offered throughdealers, the Internet and other retail partners soon to be named.
The same distribution channels will be used to sell Visteon's new Mach MP3 music system, which uses compressed file playback technology to store up to 10 hours of music on one compact disc. Mach MP3 will be available in January.