Volvo C70: active and passive safety
systems from Continental.
14th February 2006.
If the new Volvo
C70 is equipped with active and passive safety
components from Continental Automotive Systems, this does
not mean just "another" cooperation deal between
a carmaker and a major automotive supplier.
The cooperation between the premium car
brand from Sweden and the German supplier is nearly 40
years old now.
It started in 1967, with the
development and delivery of brake components for the
already legendary model Volvo 144, before it
evolved since then into a close cooperation between
Continental Automotive Systems and Volvo Car Corporation.
sensors in the front end to optimize the
front airbags activation.
Today, the two companies’ affiliation
extends to all versions of the Volvo S40 model
range, the S60, V50, V70, XC70,
sedans and wagons, and the XC90, Volvo’s first
Hence, the new C70 convertible is no
exception. It also is equipped with a number of active and
passive safety systems and components from Continental
“For both companies, safety is a
clear core competence. The two companies share a
commitment to using innovative technology not only to make
driving more comfortable and environmentally compatible
from model generation to model generation, but to
continuously make it safer as well,” says Dr. Ralf
Cramer, Head of the Electronic Brake and Safety Systems
business unit at Continental Automotive Systems.
A special milestone in the long
cooperation was the development of the Volvo 850 in
1991. “The Volvo 850 was one of the first cars for which
a manufacturer gave us responsibility for the entire brake
system. We delivered 100 percent of the brake system,”
says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, chairman of the management
board of Continental Automotive Systems and member of the
Executive Board of Continental AG.
sensors for side impact to optimally
activate side airbags.
Since the convertibles and coupes of
the first C70 generation (introduced in 1998) were also
based on the platform of the 850, Continental Automotive
Systems supplied, amongst other safety features, sensors
for side impact for the first time for these cars. The
purpose of these “satellite” sensors was to optimally
activate side airbags in the event of a side collision.
The first Volvo S40/V40 generation
(1996) included upfront sensors from Continental
Automotive Systems for the first time to optimize the
activation of front airbags.
This year, Volvo Car Corporation, the
most successful of Ford's Premier Automotive Group (PAG)
of luxury brands (includes Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston
Martin and Volvo) will introduce another vehicle that once
again proves the innovative strength of the cooperation
between Continental Automotive Systems and Volvo Car
MK 60 electronic brake system with Brake
Coming now in the new Volvo C70,
Continental Automotive's MK60E electronic brake system
features Brake Assist and four-wheel brakes designed to
suit the performance of the new coupé / cabriolet, which
can range up to 220 hp.
In the versions with 17-inch wheels,
FNRG calipers are used on the front axis. Their innovative
design makes it possible to mount especially large,
ventilated brake disks in the 320 x 35 millimeter format
with high thermal reserves.
The back wheel brakes, the actuator
with power assist booster and master cylinder, the active
wheel RPM sensors, and the ESP sensor cluster are also
from Continental Automotive Systems.
In addition to these active safety
systems and components, Continental and Volvo are also in
cooperation in passive safety fields. As in the first C70,
the new one includes upfront sensors in the front end and
satellite sensors on the sides from Continental Automotive
A control unit continuously evaluates
data from these sensors to trigger accident
severity-dependent activation of the airbags, the belt
tensioners, and the retractable roll bar mounted behind
the rear seats.
Continental Corporation is a leading
supplier of brake systems, chassis components, vehicle
electronics, tires and technical elastomers. As a
worldwide leading technology partner to the automotive
industry, the Automotive Systems division of Continental
AG integrates extensive know-how in the fields of driving
safety, powertrain and comfort. It incorporates
Continental Teves and Continental Temic. Continental Teves
develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake,
stability and chassis control systems, as well as
electronic air spring systems and sensors. Continental
Temic is a specialist in chassis electronics, engine
management and transmission control units, as well as
electric drives and comfort electronics.