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AAPEX 2010: Monroe targets foreign nameplates

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AAPEX 2010: Monroe targets foreign nameplates

Tenneco Inc. introduced an extensive line of advanced-technology replacement shock absorbers and struts -- engineered specifically for foreign-nameplate vehicles -- at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).

The new Monroe OESpectrum shocks and struts feature the company’s latest global original equipment valving technologies. They will be available through Monroe distributors and service providers in early 2011.

“OESpectrum shocks and struts are the answer for parts distributors and service providers that want to grow their share of the foreign-nameplate category,” says Bill Dennie, director of North American aftermarket channel management.

The benefits of OESpectrum units were validated in skid-pad testing conducted by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

“We also worked with dozens of service shops and other businesses to measure customer acceptance and satisfaction with OESpectrum products, and the results were well beyond our projections,” says Dennie. “Participating shops were able to gain new ride control sales across a full range of foreign nameplates based on the performance of OESpectrum units.”

Monroe OESpectrum units are designed to provide handling precision and control while filtering out the ride harshness commonly encountered on many foreign-nameplate applications. This unique blend of control and comfort is made possible through an exclusive internal damping control technology first developed for leading global vehicle manufacturers.

The line features the following:

* Tenneco’s “Twin Technology Active Control System,” which consists of its latest Impact Control Valve (ICV). The result, according to Tenneco, is "exceptional control under virtually all driving conditions."

* A patented Low Speed Tunability (LST) piston design that isolates impact-related noise, vibration and harshness.

The Monroe OESpectrum shocks and struts were previewed at the company’s exhibit, booth No. 1426, at the AAPEX show. For additional information regarding new Monroe OESpectrum shocks and struts, please contact a Tenneco supplier.

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