Letting cats out of bags

By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

After years of talking about it, it appears that the first cars using R-1234yf may appear shortly, at least in Europe. While doing research for an upcoming article in our magazine, I came across a recent press release from Delphi announcing that the company will introduce an automotive air conditioning system featuring one of the first uses of the new refrigerant R-1234yf.

They say their system will be featured “on a European vehicle” to be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, also known as the IAA.  The wording in the release is cagy— they’re not saying it’s the first use of the refrigerant in a production car, just the first use of their system.

Fair enough, particularly in view of the fact that manufacturers are playing everything close to their vest. Everybody wants to be first on the street but nobody’s talking about it. Even most of the Tier-1 component suppliers are quiet about their activities.

However, Delphi has publicized that it is supplying an electronically controlled compressor and a 16mm folded tube condenser for the unnamed car. The company also said they are in a position to supply evaporators, TXVs and other compatible components and are ramping up production of both components and modules for additional applications.

It will be interesting to learn what the mystery application is when the show opens. Based on Delphi’s lengthy relationship with GM, I’m betting it’ll be on a Opel, and most probably a mid-size or large model at that. Since some Opels appear over here as Buicks, the implications are at least intriguing.  Perhaps not first on the street, but first in the States?

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org or visit http://bit.ly/cf7az8 to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/9FxwTh to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 32nd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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