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Guyancourt, June 3, 2015 – Sogefi continues to be the supplier of first choice for filter elements and filter modules by the makers of Europe's best-selling cars according to the international technical information specialist IHS (Information Handling Services). These components are Original Equipment on eight of the top 10 and 14 of the top 20 most popular cars sold in Europe last year.

Sogefi oil filter modules feature on eight of the top 10 sellers. These include Renault Clio, Opel’s Corsa and Astra, Peugeot 208 and the Nissan Qashqai. Sogefi oil filters are to be found on Ford's Fiesta and Focus and the VW Polo, while the company's diesel filter modules are on Ford's Fiesta and Focus, Peugeot's 208 and 308 and the Citroën C3. Finally, Sogefi air filter modules are fitted to the Peugeot 208, Nissan Qashqai and Citroën C3.

Large potential

One particular contract secured from Volkswagen Group demonstrates the level of confidence top OEMs have in Sogefi as an innovative partner. The Italian-based company has developed the spin-on oil filter for Volkswagen Group’s three-cylinder 1.4 TDI “Blue Motion” engine. This engine will be available on all vehicles built on the group's PQ25/A05 platform and the Sogefi filter will be used for all three engine variants – 75, 90 and 105 HP.

Top selling cars already fitted with this engine include Europe's fourth best seller, the VW Polo, as well as the Audi A1 and the Skoda Fabia. They will soon be joined by the popular Seat Ibiza. Within the next three years, therefore, this one filter will be fitted on over a million vehicles in Europe.

The Sogefi aftermarket replacement filter for this engine (Purflux LS992, CoopersFiaam FT6134, Fram® PH11788) is already available. It meets exactly the same high standards of operating efficiency of 50% of particles > 17μm and of 90% of particles > 27μm as the original part. With such wide application and a service interval of 30,000 km, it will quickly become an aftermarket best seller.

According to Andrea Taschini, General Manager of Sogefi's Aftermarket Business Unit: "Our success as a premium supplier of high quality original equipment to leading OEMs across Europe, including car makers in Germany, France, Italy and the UK, is the result of our commitment to innovation. This research also highlights the huge sales potential that this success represents, in turn, for our Aftermarket parts distributors."