LAINDON, UK - Visteon is looking for more outside business, but it is getting more Ford business as well.
Visteon says it has 30 percent of the parts in some European models of the Focus, which is significantly more than its predecessor Ford divisions had in the Escort. Visteon is providing more than 30 major components and systems.
The Focus contracts represent the most extensive involvement by Visteon in any European production vehicle to date. When Focus is on sale globally, it is estimated that it will generate annual revenues for Visteon of around $2 billion, said Steve Meszaros, Visteon C-Car Vehicle Line Manager.
Focus components and systems supplied by Visteon Automotive Systems include exterior lighting, instrument panel, console and cluster, climate control system, audio system, integrated audio/telephone system, brakes, engine cooling systems and security system.
More than 100 Visteon personnel have been directly involved in the Focus development program since start-up four years ago, Meszaros said.
Meszaros would like other makers to see the Focus as a 'showcase of Visteon's wide-ranging capability and expertise.
'We confidently look forward to providing a similar service for other manufacturers as we continue to strengthen our partnerships with auto makers around the world.'
The contracts were actually started before Visteon existed as a
separate entity. Visteon took over contracts from the Ford parts operations that preceded it.
On North American versions of Focus Visteon's content is even higher.
It provides glass, chassis, a catalytic converter and interior items like door trim.
Meszaros said Visteon is committed to a 20 percent non-Ford sales program by 2002. But getting more Ford business, as on the Focus, makes that goal harder to achieve.