Magna announces outlook



    AURORA, ON, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG.A; NYSE:  
MGA) announced today its financial outlook for 2008. All amounts are in U.S.
dollars.
    For the full year 2008, we expect consolidated sales to be between
$24.9 billion and $26.2 billion, based on full year 2008 light vehicle
production volumes of approximately 14.4 million units in North America and
approximately 15.6 million units in Europe. Full year 2008 average dollar
content per vehicle is expected to be between $855 and $885 in North America
and between $440 and $465 in Europe. We expect full year 2008 complete vehicle
assembly sales to be between $3.6 billion and $3.9 billion.
    In addition, we expect that full year 2008 spending for fixed assets will
be in the range of $875 million to $925 million. This amount reflects
continuing investment to support new and replacement business in our
traditional markets as well as investment to expand into high-growth emerging
markets, specifically Russia and various Asian countries.
    In this 2008 outlook we have assumed no significant acquisitions or
divestitures, and no significant labour disruptions in our principal markets.
In addition, we have assumed that foreign exchange rates for the most common
currencies in which we conduct business relative to our U.S. dollar reporting
currency will approximate year end 2007 rates.
    We are the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design,
develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and
components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to
original equipment manufacturers of cars and light trucks in North America,
Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Our capabilities include the design,
engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating
systems; closure systems; metal body and chassis systems; vision systems;
electronic systems; exterior systems; powertrain systems; roof systems; as
well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly.
    We have approximately 83,000 employees in 240 manufacturing operations
and 62 product development and engineering centres in 23 countries.

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    We will present our 2008 outlook at the Auto Analysts of New York (AANY)
    Conference, held in conjunction with the Detroit Auto Show, this
    afternoon at 2:00 pm EST. Our presentation will be available on our
    website at www.magna.com. We will also webcast the actual presentation at
    www.magna.com. Our presentation will be made by Donald J. Walker, Co-
    Chief Executive Officer and Vincent J. Galifi, Executive Vice President
    and Chief Financial Officer.
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    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This press release may contain statements that, to the extent that they
are not recitations of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation.
Forward-looking statements may include financial and other projections, as
well as statements regarding our future plans, objectives or economic
performance, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. We use words
such as "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "expect", "anticipate",
"believe", "intend", "plan", "forecast", "project", "estimate" and similar
expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking
statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our
experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and
expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are
appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and
developments will conform with our expectations and predictions is subject to
a number of risks, assumptions and uncertainties. These risks, assumptions and
uncertainties include, without limitation: shifting OEM market shares,
declining production volumes and changes in consumer demand for vehicles; a
reduction in the production volumes of certain vehicles, such as certain light
trucks; our ability to compete with suppliers with operations in low cost
countries; our ability to offset price concessions demanded by our customers;
our dependence on outsourcing by our customers; our ability to offset
increases in the cost of commodities, such as steel and resins, as well as
energy prices; fluctuations in relative currency values; changes in our mix of
earnings between jurisdictions with lower tax rates and those with higher tax
rates, as well as our ability to fully benefit tax losses; other potential tax
exposures; the financial distress of some of our suppliers and customers; the
inability of our customers to meet their financial obligations to us; the
termination or non-renewal by our customers of any material contracts; our
ability to fully recover pre-production expenses; warranty and recall costs;
product liability claims in excess of our insurance coverage; expenses related
to the restructuring and rationalization of some of our operations; impairment
charges; our ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate
acquisitions; risks associated with program launches; legal claims against us;
risks of conducting business in foreign countries, including Russia; work
stoppages and labour relations disputes; changes in laws and governmental
regulations; costs associated with compliance with environmental laws and
regulations; the fact that we may be considered to be effectively controlled,
indirectly, by the Stronach Trust and OJSC Russian Machines ("Russian
Machines") for so long as the governance arrangements remain in place between
them; potential conflicts of interest involving the Stronach Trust and Russian
Machines; the risk that the benefits, growth prospects and strategic
objectives expected to be realized from the investment by, and strategic
alliance with, Russian Machines may not be fully realized, realized at all or
may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that the governance
arrangements between the Stronach Trust and Russian Machines may terminate in
certain circumstances; and other factors set out in our Annual Information
Form filed with securities commissions in Canada and our annual report on Form
40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and
subsequent filings. In evaluating forward-looking statements, readers should
specifically consider the various factors which could cause actual events or
results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking
statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, we do not
intend, nor do we undertake any obligation, to update or revise any
forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent information, events, results
or circumstances or otherwise.





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For further information: Louis Tonelli at (905) 726-7035


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