GDi. Because some things are worth the wait.
Some things are worth waiting for. And that’s certainly the case with Gasoline Direct Injection. Known as GDi for short, its introduction has been anything but. Because despite making its debut in the mid 1950’s, this fuel-efficient system has only gained popularity in passenger cars in the last decade or so. With it set to become increasingly important in the next one, we look at how GDi has evolved and what this means for garages and their suppliers.
Although considered a new technology by many, GDi actually dates back to the early 1900s, when powerplant pioneer Leon Levavasseur developed it to fuel the world’s first V8. From then it quickly became a firm favourite for high-performance aircraft engines, especially in Germany. Yet the need for advanced materials meant it didn’t find success in production cars until the Mercedes 300 SL, the famous Gullwing, in 1955. And even then, ‘success’ was limited to small, largely hand-made, production volumes. Fast forward more than 60 years, however, and it’s a completely different story…but why the sudden change?
In a nutshell – emissions! Since the early 1990s, new cars have had to meet increasingly stringent exhaust limits. By 2021, these will limit European vehicle manufacturers’ overall new car fleet CO2 emissions to a maximum average of 95 g/km, a significant reduction compared with the EU average of 118.5 g/km in 2017. To achieve these targets, as well as consumer demand for improved fuel economy, vehicle manufacturers have been turning to any technological advantage they can find. One of these being GDi.
Today, more than a third of light duty vehicles produced worldwide are fitted with a GDi fuel system - Delphi Technologies alone has supplied more than four million systems. And with the global GDi market projected to grow in excess of 10 percent annually through 2026, it will continue to gain further share, meaning that there will be an increasing flow of vehicle owners seeking high-quality independent repairs. This represents a significant service opportunity that you won’t want to miss out on.
The good news is that you don’t have to. By partnering with Delphi Technologies, a leading OE manufacturer of GDi systems, you can gain access to everything you need to take advantage of one of the fastest growing areas of vehicle repair. Our brand new GDi service programme includes OE injectors and pumps, covering a parc of more than 2.1 million popular PSA vehicles equipped with our GDi systems, service kits, all makes electronic and hydro mechanical diagnostic tools, test equipment and training. With this added capability you’ll be able to retain what is also a very lucrative business in house, generating additional revenue and profit from existing customers, and potentially new ones too. So, whilst GDi may have been a long time coming, don’t wait to invest in this exciting, fast-growing market.
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