Features and Benefits

Rear suspension type

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Torsion beam rear suspension

A torsion beam suspension solidly connects the left and right wheels, but uses the flexibility of a steel bar or tube twisting lengthwise to provide some independent wheel movement.
Primary Benefit:
This design limits the effect that one wheel has on the other, contributing to a smooth ride and controlled handling. It is inexpensive to manufacture and install, and occupies a minimum amount of interior volume, leaving more space for the carriage of passengers, cargo, and other components.

Multi-link rear suspension

In this independent rear suspension, three or more lateral arms and one or more longitudinal arms are used to locate the rear wheels and to absorb braking and acceleration forces.
Primary Benefit:
Multi-link suspensions provide great flexibility for optimizing ride and handling because they assign specific wheel-locating duties to each link, permitting a more versatile suspension. A lower component package height gives stylists greater flexibility in vehicle design.

Short & long arm rear suspension

This independent rear suspension uses unequal length control arms to locate the rear wheels and control movement. The upper arm is usually shorter than the lower arm to control camber changes during jounce and rebound.
Primary Benefit:
The short and long arm rear suspension design provides superior ride and handling characteristics. It is an independent system that allows either wheel to react to road imperfections with minimal effect on the opposite wheel.
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