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SKF's wheel bearings and new Volvo XC90 - a match made with advanced engineering

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    2014 September 04, 14:00 CEST

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 4 September, 2014: SKF’s wheel hub bearing units contributes to powering the wheels of the newly launched second-generation Volvo XC90.  The units will be installed both for the 2-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive models.

    In 2013, SKF announced its agreement with Volvo Cars to supply wheel hub bearing units for their new platform Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and the new XC90 is the first car to be built based on SPA. With Volvo Cars new architecture the focus is on weight and stiffness, offering designers more flexibility in terms of proportion and design as well as incorporating innovative safety technology.

    Franco Ferro, Director, Business unit Car Chassis, SKF Automotive says,”Following the launch of the new Volvo XC90, I am pleased to confirm that it will be equipped with SKFs high performing wheel hub bearing units. The units contribute to the strong features of this car linked to safety superior vehicle handling and driving comfort. I am sure that the XC90 will be a great success on the market. We look forward to follow its progress as a part of our strong engineering partnership with Volvo Cars.”

    The XC90 is designed to maximise driving pleasure, comfort and safety. SKF’s wheel hub bearing units are optimized to meet the high performance requirements specified by Volvo Cars. The unit is fitted with a low friction seal, able to better cope with changing road and weather conditions prolonging the life of the unit. It is also designed for optimized weight to performance ratio, supporting goals to reduce the overall fuel consumption of the car.

    Volvo XC90 goes into production February 2015.

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