LAKE FOREST, Ill. (April 12, 2013) — Tenneco Inc. is supplying ride performance and clean air technologies on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Eco.
Tenneco said it is a global supplier to General Motors Co. on the new midsize vehicle platform, supporting Chevy Malibu production in North America, China and Korea, as well as the Buick Regal and LaCrosse models in North America and China, and the Opel Insignia model in Europe.
The company supplies both hot- and cold-end emission control systems for the 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine, 2.5L Ecotec four-cylinder engine and the new Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine. Tenneco said it collaborated with GM engineers to provide lightweight solutions in the Malibu's exhaust system, including designs that reduce precious metal content and incorporate single wall muffler shells and hollow rods to lower cost and weight.
The company also is supplying GM with front strut modules, rear shock absorbers and exhaust isolators.
"We're proud of our partnership with GM and the global collaboration we provide to support the company with this important vehicle launch," said Gregg Sherrill, Tenneco chairman and CEO. "The Malibu launch requires engineering and manufacturing resources in key regions of the world, and Tenneco has the capabilities in place to accommodate these needs."
For North America production, Tenneco manufactures the Malibu's hot-end exhaust systems at its Smithville, Tenn., and Seward, Neb., plants, and converters from Litchfield, Mich. Cold-end exhaust systems are produced at the company's Cambridge, Ontario, and Seward, Nebr., factories. Ride control components are manufactured in Hartwell, Ga., and Kettering, Ohio, and exhaust isolators are supplied from Tenneco's Suzhou, China, facility. Tenneco's emission control technical centers in Edenkoben, Germany, Grass Lake, Mich.,and Shanghai, China, provided engineering and system integration support.
Lake Forest-based Tenneco designs, manufactures and markets clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket under the principal brand Monroe, Walker, XNOx and CleviteElastomer.