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NGK Spark Plug Europe introduces ceramic OE glow plug to the European Aftermarket

slashes Press release from 04/06/2016

Ratingen, 06.04.2016 – In the role of almost exclusive supplier of glow plugs for passenger car diesel engines to Mercedes-Benz, NGK Spark Plug Europe provides the exclusive OE glow plug CZ108 for the Smart fortwo 2 Cdi. An identical glow plug with the corresponding designation CZ158 is now available for all independent workshops in Europe, enabling vehicle service on a par with that of authorised workshops.


The CZ158 (Mercedes Part No. A6601590401, NGK Stock No. 94171) is an NHTC (New Ceramic High Temperature) glow plug with a fully ceramic, highly efficient heating element and extraordinary glowing characteristics. It is equivalent to the CZ108, which NGK – the world’s leading glow plug manufacturer and almost exclusive OE supplier of glow plugs for Daimler AG’s diesel engines for passenger cars until at least 2019 – designed especially for the common-rail, three-cylinder OM660. Since early 2010, this engine has been powering the Smart fortwo 2 Cdi. With 40,000 registrations in Europe, this car offers significant Aftermarket potential. The Cdi engine is also the smallest diesel engine for passenger cars and the engine with the lowest CO2 emission values. 

NHTC glow plugs from NGK contribute strongly to the engine’s environmental friendliness and its reliable cold-start behaviour. Thanks to their fully ceramic heating element, they reach an operating temperature of 1,000 °C in less than two seconds. In doing so, they guarantee a cold start similar to that of a petrol engine even at lowest ambient temperatures. Additionally, they are capable of post-glowing at a constant temperature of approximately 1,350 °C for many minutes, helping to reduce the output of pollutants and particulate emissions.

All vehicle applications of the glow plug can be looked up in NGK’s service information, which is available from NGK distributors.


About NGK Spark Plug: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive suppliers. Specialised in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, the Company supplies customers in Original Equipment and Aftermarket across the globe. Its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and ignition leads under the brand NGK Ignition Parts as well as mass air flow and manifold absolute pressure sensors, lambda sensors, exhaust gas temperature sensors and NOx sensors under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. The Company runs production plants and sales organisations all over the world. With more than 14,000 employees, it generates an annual turnover of around 2.9 billion euros. NGK is represented on all continents and has 42 group companies, 24 production plants and 5 technical centres.


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For further information contact:

Marcel Aßmann

Specialist PR & Event

Aftermarket EMEA

NGK SPARK PLUG Europe GmbH Harkortstr. 41

40880 Ratingen


AG Duesseldorf HRB 43118

Tel: +49 (0)21 02 974 152



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