Tenneco to supply suspension technology to Jaguar E-Pace

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 02 Oct 2018

Tenneco Inc, the global supplier of ride performance and clean air products and systems, will supply suspension technology for the Jaguar E-Pace compact SUV. Tenneco’s conventional front strut and rear shock absorber will be standard equipment on the vehicle, while the Continuously Variable Semi-Active (CVSAe) suspension system from its Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio will be included in the adaptive dynamics package.

One of the industry’s most proven advanced suspension technologies over the last decade, Tenneco’s CVSAe dampers are integrated in the Jaguar Land Rover Adaptive dynamic system, that senses road and driving conditions in real-time, independently adjusting each damper to provide a more comfortable and controlled driving experience.

“By continuously adjusting damping levels, Tenneco’s precision-engineered CVSAe technology offers drivers an optimal balance of handling and comfort,” said Neville Rudd, senior vice-president, Tenneco Global Ride Control.

“The compact SUV segment is fast-growing and competitive, and Tenneco’s advanced suspension technology solutions provide OE customers a way to differentiate their models in the marketplace. In addition, consumers benefit from enhanced comfort, control and the freedom to select the ride to fit their needs,” he added.

Tenneco is a leader in advanced ride control systems for the OE market, offering vehicle manufacturers a range of passive and advanced suspension technology solutions. The company supplies the Jaguar E-Pace front strut and rear shock from its manufacturing facilities in Gliwice, Poland and Hodkovice, Czech Republic and the CVSAe suspension system from its facility in Ermua, Spain.

What is CVSAe?
Tenneco’s continuously variable semi-active suspension solution which continuously senses the road and driving conditions to adjust the four dampers in real time for a more comfortable and controlled ride.

The four electronically controlled dampers connect to an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) which manages all the sensor inputs like wheel accelerations, body displacement and steering angle, and drives the damper settings every 10 milliseconds to deliver optimal ride comfort and vehicle control in all road and driving situations.

It is based on a triple tube damper design which has one externally mounted active hydraulic valve to control the damping. The driver can also select a preferred driving style, e.g. more comfort or more dynamic. This product has proven itself on over 40 different vehicle models. With an evolved damper and hydraulic valve design and improved performance, this product is still market leading today.

Tenneco completes acquisition of Federal-Mogul  
On October 1, 2018, Tenneco announced completion of the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion.  Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in late 2019.

“Today marks an important step for Tenneco as we progress toward the transformation of our company into two strong, leading global businesses with the scale and financial flexibility to drive long-term value creation,” said Brian Kesseler, co-CEO, Tenneco.

“This transaction makes possible the ability to create two new product-focused companies with even stronger portfolios positioned to capture unique opportunities in their respective markets,” said Roger Wood, co-CEO, Tenneco. “Now that we have completed the acquisition, we look forward to accelerating the successful realignment of the businesses and creation of the new companies.”