SAILAUF, Germany, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Magna International announced today that it is supplying two innovative,
industry-first systems on the BMW i8 plug-in electric sports car:
outside mirrors with hidden turn signals and SmartLatch™, an electronic
side-door latch system.
The unique design of the outside mirrors includes a hidden turn signal
that is fully integrated so that the mirror housing and turn-signal
lens are one and the same. The signal is invisible when not in
operation, which allows for styling improvements and improved
aerodynamics with no additional gaps or incremental wind noise.
The SmartLatch electronic side-door latch requires no cables, rods or
moving handles in the door. The benefits include significant weight
savings and a reduced number of components, the flexibility to be used
in any type of car or truck, and improved safety, sound quality and
craftsmanship. Combined with the elimination of the lock rods, release
cables and handles, SmartLatch provides an innovative, lower-cost door
latching system to global automakers.
"We expect SmartLatch to become the benchmark for door-latch designs
over the next few years," said Frank Seguin, president of Magna
Closures and Magna Mirrors. "The BMW i8 is an ideal vehicle on which to
debut both of these game-changing technologies - the i stands for
innovation after all."
"Magna aims to be indispensable to our customers by helping them deliver
solutions that lead the market in new directions," said Swamy Kotagiri,
Magna's Chief Technical Officer. "The innovations we are proud to
supply today for the i8 could one day be standard equipment on
everybody's cars and trucks."
About Magna International
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 317 manufacturing
operations and 83 product development, engineering and sales centres in
29 countries. We have over 130,000 employees focused on delivering
superior value to our customers through innovative products and
processes, and World Class Manufacturing. Our product capabilities
include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating,
powertrain, electronic, vision, closure 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.
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