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Magna makes a concept car for Geneva

MILA Plus concept demonstrates Magna International's broad range of services

Published: February 27, 2015, 9:35 AM
Updated: March 2, 2015, 3:57 PM

Magna MILA Plus concept

Canadian-based Magna International will debut a concept car called MILA Plus at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which begins with media preview day on March 3.

MILA Plus is an innovative two-seat hybrid sports car that is said to combine sophisticated, lightweight construction technology with an intelligent, alternative-drive system that combines performance with eco-friendliness. 

Magna says the 1,520-kg concept has an all-electric range of 75 km and achieves CO2 emissions of just 32g/km.

The car is intended to showcase Magna's broad range of services to vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers. Those services range from engineering, design and production of vehicle components and systems to full-vehicle contract manufacturing.

The MILA Plus vehicle concept illustrates our value proposition and advantage within the global supply base," said Günther Apfalter, president of Magna Europe and Magna Steyr.

Key features of the NILA Plus include:

Lightweight Construction – The structure of MILA Plus is based on an extruded aluminum space frame. The modular body-in-white (BIW) concept also allows the use of components and systems from large series production, thus enabling improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility for global automakers.

The concept integrates a high-voltage battery into the space frame, which increases structural rigidity. Lightweight plastic body panels are used for corrosion resistance and styling flexibility. A combination of manufacturing methods, sophisticated joining technologies and a multi-material external skin further contribute to a lightweight vehicle architecture that meets global safety standards.

Alternative Drive System – The MILA Plus plug-in hybrid system employs a three-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors – one between the internal combustion engine and transmission to drive the rear axle, and one on the electric front axle. This arrangement is said to results in an electric all-wheel-drive system that transmits more torque to the road and results in improvement of vehicle maneuverability and dynamics.

Vehicle Dimensions:        

Length:                                  4403 mm

Width:                                     1925 mm

Height:                                   1250 mm

Wheelbase:                           2575 mm

Baggage compartment:       360 litres

Acceleration:                         0 to 100 km/h in 4.9s

Electric acceleration:           0 to 80 km/h in 3.6s

Power output (kW/PS):       200 / 272

Torque (Nm):                         580 peak