Continental Teves has been selected by Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Company as the sole supplier for brake systems for the new 2001 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles. This award is the largest systems contract for a program in production to date for Continental Teves North America. Teves has been working on the design of this new system since 1997. Vehicle volume is projected at 250,000 vehicles annually.
Continental Teves will provide the vehicles’ complete foundation brakes (calipers, rotors, brakes hoses, drum brake), park brake system (cables and levers), actuation (booster/Master Cylinder assembly), four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with wheel speed sensors and suspension/wheel components (knuckles, hubs and bearings). In addition, Continental Teves will be responsible for the complete assembly of both front and rear brake corner modules.
Continental Teves’ plants in Morganton, Henderson and Asheville, North Carolina, will manufacture and assemble the components and systems. The vehicles will be built in Kansas City, Missouri, and Hofu, Japan.
“Continental Teves is a pioneer in delivering on the OE’s need for a systems supplier,” said Bill Kozyra, president, Continental Teves N.A. “This program represents the latest in a series of system contract wins which are doubling our business in North America. It is a compliment to the collaborative efforts of Ford, Mazda and Teves people who worked to ensure the safety technologies we innovate to enhance customer satisfaction.”
Inclusion of complete brake corner modules in the program means the vehicles will benefit from improved system integration and enhanced performance. “By designing, testing and assembling the entire corner module as part of the Escape/Tribute brake system, Continental Teves has optimized weight, cost and performance,” said Joe Gaus, vice president Foundation Brakes, Continental Teves. “Ford received the added benefit of simpler logistics.”
The Escape is the latest entry into the Ford Outfitters line-up. Together with the Explorer, Explorer Sport, Explorer Sport Trac, Expedition and Excursion, the new Escape gives Ford one of the most comprehensive SUV lineups in the industry. The distinctive design, exceptional functionality and responsive handling of the Tribute represents a glimpse of what’s to come from Mazda.
Continental Teves, headquartered in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, is a unit of Continental AG, Hannover, Germany. With 1999 sales of US $2.15 billion, Continental Teves is a world leader in the design, development and supply of critical brake and chassis stability systems that contribute to driving safety and comfort. The company’s North American headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Visit Continental Teves North America on-line at www.contitevesna.com and Continental at www.conti-online.com