Leoni equips new Fiat engine with cable harnesses

Euro 5 diesel engine to be globally used in Fiat and Chrysler cars

Nuremberg – Leoni, the leading provider of cables and cable systems to the automotive sector and other industries, has obtained a supplier contract for a new diesel engine to be used both in upcoming Fiat and Chrysler cars. The lifetime contract amounts to a mid single-digit million Euro sales volume per year.

Leoni has been awarded the project to equip a new two-litre MultiJet turbo diesel engine, which meets the latest emission requirements according to the Euro 5 standard, with cable harnesses. The environmental standard applies from February 2011 onwards to all new cars sold in Europe. The engine is to be used in several upcoming cars of both Fiat and Chrysler, starting with the new Dodge Journey.

The engine cable harness comprises 57 wires with a total length of around 110 meters and more than half a kilogramme of copper content. Due to the mission profile received from Fiat Powertrain, all plastic components and protection elements have to guarantee the 150 degree Celsius temperature resistance. The start of production of the engine and also of the harnesses is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010. Leoni will deliver between 100,000 and 150,000 units per year from one of its Tunisian plants.

Leoni has been supplying the Fiat Group for 30 years. Among others, the Company develops and produces wiring harnesses for Fiat Punto Classic, Lancia Y and Musa as well as Alfa Mito and 159.