MILA Coupic demonstrates unique product design and engineering
GRAZ, Austria, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc., the
world's most diversified automotive supplier, has announced that its
Magna Steyr operating unit will unveil the MILA Coupic concept study at
the Geneva Motor Show 2012. The MILA Coupic is a design study which
brings together three different vehicle concepts into one.
The sixth concept car in the MILA innovation family, the MILA Coupic is
a dynamic SUV coupé which can be transformed into a sporty pick-up or
an open-air convertible.
"The MILA Coupic is a great illustration of the unique product design
and engineering capabilities we can deliver to customers," said
Guenther Apfalter, President of Magna Steyr. "Our customers expect
suppliers like Magna to bring them innovative solutions to help them
meet the increasingly demanding challenges of this industry. The MILA
Coupic multifunctional concept showcases vehicle functionality through
flexible seating systems, roof modules and materials."
3-in-1 Vehicle Concept
MILA Coupic combines three different vehicle concepts in one--the sporty
elegance of a SUV coupé, the full functionality of a robust pick-up,
and the secure open-air feeling of a convertible. With its unique
adaptability, the MILA Coupic opens up a completely new independent
niche in the sports segment.
This novel vehicle concept provides room for up to five persons. In its
closed state, the vehicle features the full dynamism of an SUV. The
innovative soft top provides for an unusual visual effect of the coupé
silhouette. Large glass panels in the soft folding roof not only invest
the vehicle with a perfectly shaped appearance on the outside, but also
allow passengers to keep everything in view in an incomparable
ambience. The front and rear roof sections of the MILA Coupic can be
opened independently of each other due to two separate roof modules. In
this way the passengers can enjoy a classic open-air experience.
The rear end of the MILA Coupic offers maximum functionality. By opening
the rear folding roof in the direction of the driver's side and the use
of an innovative seat module kinematics, the sporty coupé can be
transformed into a functional pick-up at the touch of a button. The
rear seat module is folded upwards to reveal a generous loading area
providing ample room for transporting loads, such as sports equipment
The folded-up seat module effectively seals off and separates the
driver's cabin. This protects the passenger space against draughts,
rain and dirt, and creates a high degree of comfort and safety for the
Unique Roof System
The uniqueness of the MILA Coupic is the innovative roof system composed
of two independent folding roof modules that operate electronically.
Both soft folding roofs are fitted with a variety of transparent glass
elements embedded in the textile material. Wider and narrower glass
panes alternate to produce an attractive appearance in both closed and
open states. Their arrangement also supports the folding of the textile
roof in an effective way.
The front roof system above the front seats can be opened from the front
to the rear, and offering the driver and front-seat passenger an
open-air experience. The rear roof system above the rear seats and the
loading area allows for two opening directions and provides optimum
variability to the loading area.
MILA Coupic is an impressive combination of textile, glass, roof modules
and seating technology. The design draws on the details used in
developing modern sports shoes and combines it with the functionality
and material elements of the textile field.
The construction is carried out in different layers. The lowest level is
the most robust - in tune with the operational demands made on it - it
provides stability. The middle layer stands for safety and comfort,
whereas the top level invests the vehicle with the typical sportiness
and elegance of a coupé. Dynamism and aggressiveness predominate in the
front part of the vehicle and, at the same time, the basic volume of
the MILA Coupic in the rear area (pick-up area) is presented with a
deliberate accent on strength. The roofline is very drawn out and has
an ideal alignment in the style typical of a coupé to accommodate the
Generously dimensioned wheels support the off-road character. The color
scheme is a fresh, sporty metallic green - "clash green" - combined
with satin-finished, mother-of-pearl white - "crystal white" - and
aluminum highlights enhance the unconventional look.
About Magna Steyr
More than 100 years of experience in automobile construction and its
comprehensive range of services have turned Magna Steyr, a subsidiary
of Magna International, into the world's leading, brand-independent
engineering and manufacturing partner for automobile makers. Our
extensive range of services consists of the four areas of Engineering,
Vehicle Contract Engineering, Roof Systems and Tank Systems. As a
contract manufacturer, we have produced some 2.5 million vehicles in 21
Magna Steyr maintains its expertise in 37 locations and employs over
10,500 staff in North America, Europe and Asia.
Magna International is 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. Our capabilities include the design,
engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems;
seating systems; closure systems; body and chassis systems; vision
systems; electronic systems; exterior systems; powertrain systems; roof
systems; hybrid and electric vehicles/systems; as well as complete
vehicle engineering and assembly.
Magna has over 107,000 employees in 286 manufacturing operations and 88
product development, engineering and sales centres in 25 countries.
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