Valeo Launches First Dual Direct Drive Wiper System on the Market

By Valeo, PRNE
Monday, September 6, 2010

PARIS, France, September 7, 2010 - Since the beginning of the year, Valeo has equipped the
Mercedes SLS AMG with its dual direct drive wiper system, a world first.

This innovative system offers four major benefits in terms of
volume, weight, safety and optimized wiping.

The elimination of the linkage enables greater under-hood
packaging possibilities and offers automakers greater freedom for
installation and assembly. The wipers are directly powered by the output
shafts from two motors, each located under the hood near the windshield.

The absence of linkage reduces the size and weight of the
system by around 30% compared to a traditional system, equivalent to a gain
of 0.17g CO2/km.

The lighter weight and the location of the two motors on
either side of the vehicle also improve pedestrian safety, by reducing the
effect of the impact in the event of a head-on collision.

Wiping and wiper speed are electronically controlled and
synchronized for optimized performance.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the
design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for
the automotive industry, mainly for CO2 emissions reduction. Valeo ranks
among the world's top automotive suppliers. The Group has 117 plants, 21
Research centers, 40 Development centers, 10 distribution platforms and
employs 56,000 people in 27 countries worldwide.

For more information about the Valeo Group and its activities, please
visit our web site

For additional information, please contact: Sylvie Delion, Product Media Relations, Tel.: +33-1-40-55-20-96

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