Development Contracts Awarded for Three Advanced Products
STUTTGART, Germany, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
(NYSE: ARM) today unveiled several new light vehicle modular suspension
technologies developed by the company's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) Chassis
Systems business unit. Three of the advanced products have been awarded
development contracts. Today's announcement was made from the company's
exhibit booth at the 2007 Vehicle Dynamics Expo in Stuttgart.
"Our customers consistently tell us they need more performance flexibility
from their ride and handling packages, and they need it without incurring
costly model variations," said Ed Frutig, vice president and general manager
of LVS Chassis Systems for ArvinMeritor. "ArvinMeritor's chassis system
solutions are the direct result of listening to our customers. Our systems are
scalable, yet modular in design and assembly, and they can be independent or
combined into fully integrated chassis systems that deliver active vehicle
stability and ride control."
On display in the company's Vehicle Dynamics Expo booth are:
-- ArvinMeritor's Active Air Suspension System: Currently under
development on a European mid-size, performance sedan, the Active Air
Suspension System provides continuously variable spring rate
adjustment. Test results verify that the system can create up to a
3-to-1 spring rate change in under 100 milliseconds, providing low-
frequency active body control for improved ride, handling and
stability. The system uses many of the same components of a standard
air suspension system. This provides modularity and scalability, which
results in a high performance, cost effective solution built upon
-- ArvinMeritor's Adaptive Damping System: Currently under development on
a European performance coupe, the Adaptive Damping System provides
best-in-class performance at a competitive price. It has a wide force
range, fast response time, the ability to shift on force, and
frequency dependent damping capability. This is done with an electro-
magnetically actuated combination spool and poppet valve "spoopet,"
replacing a standard piston in either a monotube or twin-tube shock
absorber. All damping is provided by the valve, which eliminates
deflected disks and simplifies the OEM's tuning and development time.
The simplicity of the valve and the flexibility in manufacturing give
ArvinMeritor the ability to provide a high-performance, cost-effective
-- ArvinMeritor's Active Roll Control Stabilizer Bar System: Currently
under development on a North American luxury sedan, the Active Roll
Control Stabilizer Bar System meets the requirements of multiple
vehicles on a single platform. It is derived from a single, center-bar
rotary actuator that can be connected to a servo pump to provide
single-channel or dual-channel active roll control. This system is
capable of independent control of front and rear roll rates, and has
the ability to adjust roll couple distribution real-time.
-- ArvinMeritor's Light-duty Axles: ArvinMeritor's newest chassis
development product offers a three-axis hypoid gear design that
improves noise, vibration and durability; precision-forged
differential gears; torque fluctuation-based NVH end of line testing;
and improved dynamic sealing solutions.
About Light Vehicle Systems
ArvinMeritor's LVS business group is a market leader in the product
categories it serves, supplying integrated systems and modules to the world's
leading passenger car and light truck OEMs. With advanced technology and
systems design expertise in apertures, chassis and wheels, LVS combines high-
quality components into cost-effective, performance-based solutions for
virtually every car and light truck on the road today.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original
equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets from more than 110
manufacturing facilities globally. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor
employs approximately 27,500 people in 26 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock
is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com/.
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