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Tenneco Supplies Key Ride Performance, Clean Air Technologies for All-New Chevrolet Malibu


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LAKE FOREST, Ill.--April 10, 2013: Tenneco Inc. today announced it is supplying ride performance and clean air technologies on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Eco. Tenneco is a global supplier to General Motors 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 Malibu launch requires engineering and manufacturing resources in key regions of the world, and Tenneco has the capabilities in place to accommodate these needs.”

Tenneco 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 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 is also supplying 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 Chief Executive Officer. "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, Tennessee and Seward, Nebraska facilities, and supplies converters from Litchfield, Michigan. Cold-end exhaust systems are produced at the company's Cambridge, Ontario and Seward, Nebraska plants. Ride control components are manufactured in Hartwell, Georgia and Kettering, Ohio, and exhaust isolators are supplied from the company's Suzhou, China facility. Tenneco's emission control technical centers in Edenkoben, Germany, Grass Lake, Michigan and Shanghai, China provided engineering and system integration support.