BRUSSELS, Belgium (Dec. 11, 2014) — Renault Group has chosen the latest generation of Tenneco Inc.'s Continuously Variable Semi-Active suspension system (CVSAe) for the car maker's new Espace seven-passenger van, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show.
Renault said its new Espace “explores a new dimension of driving enjoyment,” calling the vehicle “a wholly immersive experience, giving rise to more sensations and putting the choice of emotions in the hands of the driver.”
The concept of “driving pleasure” is supported by a new Renault technology called Multi-Sense — a device that controls and coordinates the input of the technologies installed in the new Espace. According to the company, Multi-Sense manages the 4Control chassis, electronic damper control system, which commands the CVSAe dampers.
These “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, Renault said. A vehicle's CVSAe dampers can be switched from standard to sport or comfort mode at any time according to driver preferences, according to the company, for a more comfortable, more dynamic or more sporty ride.
Gérard Payen, Renault's deputy program director, said the new Espace “offers a driving experience that changes according to the driver's mood and a spectrum of on-road performance characteristics. It is capable of adapting its characteristics to