Valeo Extends Wiper System Leadership with General Motors

  AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Valeo, global leader in wiper
systems, has been selected by General Motors to supply wiper systems and
components for the next generation of GM full-size pickup trucks and sport
utility vehicles (SUVs) and full-size passenger cars. 
"This is an extremely important contract for Valeo," said Thierry Morin,
chairman of Valeo's Management Board.  "It shows we continue to gain General
Motors' confidence in our ability to support major vehicle programs with
innovative, cost-effective, high-quality systems and components.  I thank
General Motors for this demonstration of the continuing relationship with
"It is a further vote of confidence in the abilities of our teams and I
applaud them for their continued efforts to serve one of our leading
"This new business is our first major award from General Motors since
Valeo Electrical Systems Inc. (VESI) successfully exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy
last fall, and will contribute to the transformation of Rochester into a
profitable wiper systems facility," Morin added. 
A feature of the wiper systems will be Valeo's innovative Flat Blade
technology with curved steel splines.  This technology provides a number of
advantages, including: 

    *  Innovative styling,
    *  High-speed wind-lift performance,
    *  Reduced vibration and wind noise -- at 150 kph, -3dB compared to a
       standard blade,
    *  Reduced height and weight -- approximately 50 percent,
    *  Improved freeze resistance in cold weather conditions -- no icing of
    *  Minimum obstruction in the driver's field of vision.

Valeo will supply front wiper modules, wiper arms and blades for the
platforms.  The company will also supply rear wiper motors for all GMT900
SUVs.  All three Valeo Wiper Systems plants in North America will support the
project:  Rochester, NY, to produce wiper modules for U.S.-produced vehicles;
Juarez, Mexico, arms and blades; and San Luis Potosi, Mexico, rear wiper
motors and wiper modules for Mexico-produced vehicles. 
This wiper system with Flat Blade technology, together with other
innovative wiper systems, is an integral part of Valeo's "Seeing and Being
Seen" Domain.  This Domain, one of five strategic Domains that drives the
company's technology and marketing strategy, addresses the need for enhanced
driver and passenger visibility from both within and outside the vehicle. 
Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design,
production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars and
trucks.  Valeo ranks among the world's top automotive suppliers.  The Group
has 140 plants, 54 R&D centers, 9 distribution centers and employs 69,100
people in 25 countries worldwide.

SOURCE  Valeo 
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/CONTACT:  Chandra Lewis of Valeo North America, +1-248-340-8437, or Malene Pickles of Valeo Paris, 33-1-4055-2074, / 
CO:  Valeo; General Motors
ST:  Michigan, New York, Mexico
-0- Feb/24/2003 19:37 GMT
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