Delphi Lockport work makes better engine

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2010 at 7:52 AM EDT

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Delphi Lockport work makes better engine

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2010 at 7:52 AM EDT

Engineers in Lockport played a key role in developing an air cooler that Delphi Thermal Systems says will improve the performance of gasoline and diesel engines.

Production is due to start next year. The location has not been announced.

"Our new generation of charge air coolers will help vehicle manufacturers meet future targets for tailpipe emissions and improved fuel economy," Steve Kiefer, director of Engineering for Delphi Thermal, a unit of Delphi Corp., said in a prepared statement.

Preliminary design work was done at Delphi Thermal Systems in Lockport where testing and further design work is continuing.

The new range of liquid cooled charge air coolers is one of several new technological advances that Troy, Mich.-based Delphi is developing for future use in motor vehicles.

The new air coolers will help automaker meet stricter future tailpipe emissions standards, the company said.

In order to combine reduced tailpipe emissions and better fuel economy, manufacturers are turning to downsized engines boosted by turbo or supercharging.

Boosting, however, compresses the air entering the engine which significantly raises its temperature and reduces engine efficiency.

Delphi said this problem is solved by its new system of liquid charge air coolers which were unveiled at the SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit, a major technical automotive forum attended by automakers, suppliers and the media.

Kiefer, who is based in Troy, said engine response to sudden acceleration by the motorist also is improved because of the smaller volume of intake air needed.

The work done at Lockport is being performed at the Delphi Tech Center, where about 200 people are employed. Additional engineering work is taking place at Delphi's technical center in Luxembourg.

For 10 years, the Lockport complex was wholly owned by Delphi. However, late last year, General Motors Co., Delphi's parent prior to it being spun off in 1999, took over the manufacturing aspects and has about 800 employees.