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Tenneco Equips All-New Volvo XC90 First Edition With Monroe® Intelligent Suspension

November 13, 2014

Electronically controlled air suspension uses Tenneco’s Continuously Variable Semi-Active technology (CVSAe) to offer the choice of five driving modes

Brussels, Belgium, November 13, 2014– Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) announced today 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 dampers 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.

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.

About Monroe® Intelligent Suspension

CVSAe 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 portfolio also includes CVSA2/Kinetic and ACOCAR active suspension solutions for premium luxury cars, high-end sports cars and SUVs with off-road capability. Visit for more information.

About Tenneco:

Tenneco is an $8 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 26,000 employees worldwide.  Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive, commercial truck, and off-highway original equipment markets, and the aftermarket.  Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.

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