PARIS — With the acquisition of LucasVariety Diesel, Delphi Automotive Systems is in a position to win big profits if North America ever follows Europe's lead to diesel engines. Studies by the Automotive Industry Data in Warwick, U.K., show European diesel sales were up 20.9% through September. Diesels now have 27% of the passenger car market, says Peter Schmidt, analyst at AID. Delphi already was on the fringes of the diesel market, but the US$871 million acquisition puts the company in ...

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