SOURCE: WABCO Holdings Inc.

April 07, 2010 07:00 ET

WABCO Develops and Supplies Innovative Electronics and Air Suspension Technology for Luxury Automaker's Newest Model

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) -  WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) [www.wabco-auto.com], a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that the company has developed and will supply innovative electronic control technology and a high performance air supply module for original equipment manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. WABCO's content will be equipped on the air suspension of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, the newest model in the Rolls-Royce range of luxury sedans.

Enabled by WABCO's and BMW's innovative engineering, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost air suspension is so sensitive that it can detect the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other, and it compensates accordingly. The air suspension system also includes a lift and kneel function, raising or lowering the Rolls-Royce Ghost by 25 millimeters. It assists passengers to enter or exit the vehicle and allows unmatched riding dynamics over uneven road surface.

WABCO's electronic control unit superbly regulates the new Rolls-Royce Ghost's high-tech air suspension, which is pressurized by WABCO's newest generation of high power compressors. The Rolls-Royce Ghost has a state-of-the-art chassis using four-corner air suspension enabled by WABCO's proprietary control algorithms that intelligently distribute air to four air springs. Significantly boosting performance of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost's air suspension, WABCO also enables its virtual silence due to enhanced air management and substantially improved acoustics of WABCO compressors.

"WABCO plays an important role in the success of the new Ghost model," said Mike Thompson, WABCO Vice President, Car Systems. "We are proud of our 23-year track record of innovative electronics and modules for air suspension in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and we have a passion for complete, cost-effective modules that satisfy the increasingly strong global demand from car makers and end-users alike for air suspension that significantly enhances ride quality."

In 1986, WABCO introduced its first electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) system for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Today WABCO offers a range of electronic control units and air supply modules for air suspension systems that can be adapted to luxury, midsize and compact passenger cars, sports utility vehicles, and compact vans. Original equipment manufacturers increasingly seek additional functionalities such as speed sensitive adaptation of vehicle body height, which improves vehicle safety while reducing fuel consumption.

About WABCO

WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $1.5 billion in 2009, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com

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