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Renault Espace to use Tenneco’s Intelligent Suspension

Published 09 December 2014

Tenneco announced today that Renault has chosen the latest generation of Tenneco’s Continuously Variable Semi-Active suspension system (CVSAe) for the new Espace which made its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

According to Renault, the new Espace explores a new dimension of driving enjoyment. "It is a wholly immersive experience, giving rise to more sensations and putting the choice of emotions in the hands of the driver."

This concept of driving pleasure is supported by a new Renault technology called Multi-Sense, a device that controls and co-ordinates the input of the technologies installed in the new Espace. Multi-Sense manages the 4Control chassis, electronic damper control system which commands the CVSAe dampers.

These enhance the comfort and handling of a vehicle's ride by continuously adjusting all four shock absorbers up to 100 times per second to changing 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 more sporty ride.

Gérard Payen, Deputy Programme Director, Renault, said: "The new Espace offers a driving experience that changes according to the driver's mood and a spectrum of on-road performance characteristics. It is capable of adapting its characteristics to deliver the appropriate sensations, making it a little like owning several cars all rolled into one."

Sandro Paparelli, Vice President and General Manager, Ride Performance Europe, said: "We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers as they design vehicles capable of adapting to different environments, situations or ride preferences to offer consumers both comfort and performance, and the freedom to choose their driving experience. We are delighted that Renault has chosen our CVSAe intelligent suspension technology for this flagship model."

CVSA technology is in production on 37 vehicle models. Applications for nine new vehicle models are currently under development.

Source: Company Press Release