June 12, 2000

Continental Teves Supplies Suspension to Audi 2001 Allroad Quattro

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Audi AG has selected Continental Teves as the sole supplier of its adjustable air suspension system for the 2001 Allroad Quattro. Making its North American debut this fall, the Audi Allroad Quattro is an all-new crossover vehicle designed to set new performance standards in the emerging off-road-capable luxury class. It was introduced in Europe in March 2000. This new, highly sophisticated four-corner air suspension system is only available from Continental.

The Allroad Quattro's four-position, height adjustable air suspension designed and produced by Continental Teves is state-of-the-art and unique to Audi. It is not offered on any of the Audi Allroad's competitors. Height sensors control air spring struts at each wheel to vary the ride between 5.6 and 8.2 inches. In its highest position, the Allroad Quattro offers more ground clearance than most of its competitors. The lowest ride height is intended for optimum travel at highway speeds. Reducing the vehicle's ground clearance trims aerodynamic drag considerably -- enhancing performance while minimizing excessive fuel consumption at higher speeds. The versatile suspension ensures optimum dynamics when driving at high speeds, as well as a high level of comfort and ample ground clearance when driven off-road. While the intelligent system actually lowers the body in four stages as road speed increases, the driver also can manually select the most suitable ride height with the press of a button on the center console.

Continental Teves' air suspension system is composed of the strut (air spring over shock), height sensor, compressor with integrated air dryer, valve block to modulate the air pressure, a reservoir tank and electronic control unit.

"The height-control of our four-corner air suspension system is a key feature which helps set the Audi Allroad Quattro apart from its competition," said Bill Kozyra, president, Continental Teves N.A. "It is exciting for us at Continental Teves to have our system so closely tied to the branding of this new vehicle."

Continental Teves is manufacturing the system in Gifhorn, Germany, to support Audi's vehicle production in Neckarsulm, Germany.

This is the first four-wheel air suspension system contract awarded to Continental Teves and in production for a vehicle in this class. Other air spring suspension production contracts have included rear axle leveling systems containing two springs on the rear axle.

Continental Teves, headquartered in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, is a unit of Continental AG, Hannover, Germany. With 1999 sales of US $2.6 billion, Continental Teves is a world leader in the design, development and supply of critical brake and chassis systems that contribute to driving safety and comfort. The company's North American headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich.







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