On November 2, Autosphere had the opportunity to visit the BorgWarner display at booth A5027 during AAPEX 2022.
The company had products on display from its BorgWarner, Delphi Technologies and, Delco Remy brands. Malcolm Sissmore, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Delphi Technologies; explained that AAPEX 2022 really represented the first time that these multiple aftermarket brands were showcased together.
A big emphasis this year, was on Sparta, a new fuel pump product line under the Delphi Technologies umbrella aimed at last-mile delivery vehicles and commercial fleet operators. In many cases, we are seeing more higher mileage and older vehicles remaining in use, due to a shortage in availability of new fleet orders. Sissmore explained that because these vehicles are not being replaced as frequently as in the past, the result is more component failures. The Sparta line is designed specifically for older vehicles, providing OE quality at a competitive price point with other private label branded products.
To illustrate the importance of this market, a 2018 Ram Heavy Duty 3500 pickup was on display at the booth, typical of the vehicles that can currently be found in regular commercial use—from sole proprietors to larger fleets.
Another interesting display was the Delphi Technologies Fuel Cleaning Tool. An onsite demonstrating fully illustrated how sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. The tool features a magnetic head, that’s designed to collect debris from the bottom and corners of the tank, particularly if it’s full of fuel or difficult to remove. Sissmore said the tool has been very well received by service technicians and helps prevent future fuel system or powertrain issues as a result of clogged fuel lines and damaged pumps.
Sissmore also discussed the continued expansion of Delphi steering and suspension product lines, with more than 5,000 SKUs added since 2017. “It’s really been an exciting driver for us,” Sissmore explained, noting that suspension and chassis components are “powertrain agnostic,” meaning they have high growth potential—even with a significant increase in the number of battery electric vehicles hitting the road and entering service bays—which, will still require these components.