ArvinMeritor Announces smart systems(TM) Product Strategy to Extend Current Competencies into New Product Categories

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 11 / -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. today announced its commitment to enhance vehicle system performance through the use of electronics and control technologies, or "smart systems(TM)" within the company's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group. This product strategy will ensure ArvinMeritor's current product portfolio is ready and fully optimized for the dramatic product evolution that will continue as functional needs and benefits increase.

"Applying smart systems(TM) thinking within our current product portfolio resulted in identification of several opportunities to extend current competencies into new product categories through the application of electronics and controls," said Tom Watson, vice president, Engineering and Technical Planning for LVS. "Our traditional mechanical products are taking on new form and function at the component and system levels."

An initial smart systems(TM) program is the company's Low Energy Release latch, unveiled today during the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. By combining proprietary electronic software with an inventive mechanical solution, ArvinMeritor reduced the number of latch parts by 50 percent, and enhanced component performance by adding several features and benefits unavailable in a traditional latch design such as reduced component size, silent locking and latching operations, increased design flexibility and tunable door handle feel for brand alignment.

About Light Vehicle Systems

ArvinMeritor's LVS business group is a market leader in the product categories it serves, supplying integrated systems and modules to the world's leading passenger car and light truck OEMs. With advanced technology and systems design expertise in apertures, chassis and wheels, LVS combines high- quality components into cost-effective, performance-based solutions for virtually every car and light truck on the road today.

About ArvinMeritor

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 19,000 people in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM.

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