CORBETTA, Italy - Magneti Marelli, the inventor of the common rail direct injection system, could enter the diesel engine management market with a new generation of common rail technology.
Domenico Bordone, president and Chief Executive, said Magneti Marelli has not decided yet whether to enter the diesel market with a new common rail system, but will launch its own gasoline direct injection system in 2001.
In 1988, together with the Fiat Research Center, Fiat Auto and the Elasis research center, in southern Italy, Magneti Marelli patented the common rail direct injection system. Lacking enough resources to carry over the complete development for production in a short time, in 1993 Fiat Auto decided to sell the common rail patents to Robert Bosch Gmbh for $14 million (euro 13,207).
Bosch developed common rail with Fiat Auto and Mercedes Benz. The system made its production debut in the Alfa Romeo 156 in October 1997.