MILA Blue combines lightweight construction, alternative drive and
VIENNA, Austria, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Magna International Inc. will
showcase its diverse capabilities through the MILA Blue vehicle concept
at Geneva Motor Show 2014. MILA Blue is an innovative, natural-gas
powered, A-segment lightweight vehicle that produces less than 49g CO2/km.
MILA Blue, the seventh concept vehicle in the MILA family, represents a
new, intelligent, lightweight design approach. As a result of
sophisticated interaction between an optimized vehicle architecture and
the latest lightweight design concepts, as well as novel materials and
joining technologies, MILA Blue achieves a weight savings of 300kg
compared to typical current A-segment vehicles.
According to Günther Apfalter, President of Magna International Europe,
"As the automotive industry continues to look for ways to become more
environmentally friendly, Magna continues to leverage its engineering
expertise to bring our customers solutions that meet their challenges.
MILA Blue underscores our technological competence in lightweight
construction and alternative drives, which help answer the demands of
global CO2 reduction."
Intelligent Lightweight Design
MILA Blue's weight-reduction achievement is based on a holistic,
lightweight engineering concept that rests on three pillars:
Functional integration - for example, replacing plastic interior trim
with structural parts suitably designed with laminable, visually
Material substitution - multi-material approach including aluminum,
magnesium and composite materials to deliver cost-effective, innovative
Downsizing - leveraging smaller, lighter components while at the same
time maintaining function and performance.
Alternative Drive Concept
MILA Blue uses an alternative drive system, a compressed natural gas
hybrid drive that achieves a carbon footprint of less than 49g CO2/km. Refueling with biogas instead of fossil-derived natural gas can
bring about an additional improvement in the carbon footprint to < 36g
CO2/km. The combustion engine is coupled with an automatic manual
transmission and a belt-driven starter generator. Due to the vehicle's
comparatively light weight, crawling along in stop-and-go traffic and
cruising up to 30km/h can be done electrically using power from the
vehicle's 12V-based electric motor and start-stop system.
Our most recent design concept, MILA Blue, translates innovative
lightweight design into a value-added experience. The four-seat sporty
lifestyle vehicle combines aesthetics and technology in an unambiguous
stylistic form representing lightness and aerodynamics. The continuous
window graphic in the area of the rear pillar imparts a floating
lightness onto the roof area. The characteristic shape has a timeless
elegance and embodies motion, even at rest. The color scheme, in a
fresh metallic blue, stands for purity and highlights the
environmentally friendly and sustainable approach of this vehicle
About Magna International
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing
operations and 84 product development, engineering and sales centres in
29 countries. Our over 125,000 employees are focused on delivering
superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World
Class Manufacturing. Our product capabilities include body, chassis,
interiors, exteriors, seating, powertrain, electronics, mirrors,
closures and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle
engineering and contract manufacturing. Our common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA). For
further information about Magna, visit our website at www.magna.com
SOURCE Magna International Inc.
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