the system offers sports, comfort and regular suspension settings and effectively eliminates the trade off engineers have to make between ride and handling with conventional suspension set ups.

Interactive Vehicle Dynamic Control

The Ford Mondeo is new in many ways. It comes with a new design, new 2.3 liter petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission. And now it is also available with a new active suspension set-up, called Interactive Vehicle Dynamic Control (IVDC).

The IVDC system offers sports, comfort and regular suspension settings while almost constantly (10 times per second) monitoring input from the seven sensors to provide optimal driving characteristics. There are sensors placed in each wheel and three more to measure acceleration, pitch and roll of the car. A control unit than triggers electronic valves in the dampers to adjust the suspension accordingly.

Norbert Kessing, Ford vehicle dynamics manager: ”An active suspension system makes particular sense in larger cars like the new Mondeo. It enhances dynamic stability, particularly under critical driving conditions, and works with the car's other safety systems to reduce braking distances by up to 10 per cent on rough roads.”

And priced at 650 UK pounds why would you leave it out.

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