Tenneco equips Volvo’s all-new XC90


Tenneco has announced that the Volvo Car Group has chosen the latest generation of Tenneco’s Continuously Variable Semi-Active suspension (CVSAe) as a standard feature on its limited run XC90 First Edition.

CVSAe (pictured left) is part of the Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio, which includes adaptive suspension solutions (DualMode) for compact cars and semi-active solutions with external valve (CVSAe), internal valve (CVSAi) and two independent valves (CVSA2) for mid-range and higher-end cars.

The dampers, Tenneco states, are able to enhance the comfort and handling of a vehicle’s ride by continuously adjusting all four shock absorbers up to 100-times per second to match changes to road conditions, and dynamic driving situations like cornering, lane changes, acceleration and braking. CVSAe dampers can be switched from standard to sport or comfort mode at any time according to driver preferences for a more comfortable, more dynamic or sportier ride.

Volvo was the first car manufacturer to introduce Tenneco’s electronic damping technology as standard on its S60R and V70R performance models in 2002. Sandro Paparelli, vice president and general manager, Ride Performance Europe, said, “Our relationship with Volvo has continued through many subsequent models and generations and we are honored to have been chosen to supply the prestigious XC90 First Edition.”

CVSAe suspension will be available as an option on all XC90 models produced from now on as Tenneco continues to supply Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology platform. “We share Volvo’s commitment of constantly innovating to develop technologies that help enhance safety, comfort and performance,” Paparelli added.

Tenneco CVSA technology is in production on 37 vehicle models from a number of different global brands. Applications for nine new vehicle models are currently under development.

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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