System integrated across vehicle platform
AURORA, ON, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc. announced that its Magna Powertrain operating unit, the global leader in four-wheel/all-wheel-drive systems, is supplying an innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV as well as the A45 AMG and the CLA. The AWD system, called ProActiveTM Rear Drive Module, is specifically designed as a platform solution for C-segment vehicles and achieves a high level of integration for an AWD coupling and rear axle drive. This fully integrated system significantly improves vehicle performance in terms of drag, torque, system efficiency and weight.
"As a long-time supplier partner of Mercedes-Benz, we are pleased to support their entire global platform with our ProActiveTM AWD system," said Jake Hirsch, President Magna Powertrain. "We are confident that the performance enhancements enabled by this technology will add tremendous value to this vehicle segment."
The AWD system was jointly developed by Magna Powertrain and Daimler. The rear axle drive and the AWD coupling were developed by Magna Powertrain, and the integration into the vehicle was done by Daimler.
The high level of integration was achieved through the use of one common oil circuit to improve the coupling function in extreme conditions and downsize the packaging. In addition, the elimination of seal rings and bearings significantly reduces drag by approximately 14%, resulting in lower CO2 emissions and decreases mass by more than 2kg or approximately a 10% improvement to achieve a new benchmark level for AWD systems.
About Magna Powertrain
Magna Powertrain, operating unit of Magna International, is a global supplier for the automotive industry with full capabilities in powertrain design, development, testing and manufacturing. Complete system integration sets us apart from our competitors, and our innovations make important contributions to the overall performance of vehicles around the world: they improve fuel economy, make vehicles safer and lighter, ensure a pleasurable driving experience, and provide added value to our customers.
In line with increasing environmental pressure, many of Magna Powertrain's innovations focus on electronically controlled technologies, supporting the quest for improved efficiency and reduced emissions. Manufacturing locations, engineering centers, and sales offices are situated close to our global customer base, stretching throughout all regions of the world.
About Magna International
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 315 manufacturing operations and 82 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. We have over 128,000 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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