AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The international automotive supplier Continental supplies Alfa Romeo with its MK C1 for the Integrated Brake System (IBS) of the new Giulia. This marks the first time that the MK C1 electronic brake system enters series production worldwide. The new integrated system is more dynamic, lighter and more compact than conventional brake systems. In addition, it reduces pedal vibrations and the driver always feels the same force-path characteristics in the pedal, which provides a high level of comfort.
"We are very proud that our MK C1 debuts in the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The MK C1 offers great braking force for safety systems and short braking distances help prevent accidents and reduce accident severity. In addition, reduced weight of the unit directly translates into reduced emissions," said Robert Beaver, chief engineer Electronic Brake Systems at Continental North America.
The MK C1 makes a major contribution to safe and dynamic driving as well as energy efficiency. The innovative electronic brake system integrates the brake actuation, brake booster and control systems (ABS and ESC) into a compact, weight-saving braking module that weighs about nine pounds less than a conventional braking system. Continental's electro-hydraulic MK C1 can build up braking pressure significantly faster than conventional hydraulic systems, fulfilling the increased pressure dynamics requirements for new advanced driver assistance systems in order to prevent accidents and protect pedestrians. In addition, the system meets the requirements for a recuperative braking system without any additional measures, while providing a high level of comfort.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 212,000 people in 55 countries.
The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces integrated active and passive driving safety technologies as well as products that support vehicle dynamics. The product portfolio ranges from electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems to sensors, advanced driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and sensorics as well as electronic air suspension systems all the way to windscreen washer systems and headlight cleaning nozzles. The focus lies on a high level of system competence and the networking of individual components. Thus products and system functions are developed along the SensePlanAct chain of effects. They form the foundation for automated driving. Chassis & Safety employs more than 40,000 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately €8.4 billion in 2015.