Magna Steyr Mila Plus Is A Sexy Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar
Apparently, Magna Steyr is not a true automaker. The company, instead, serves as an engineering company, supplier and assembler of cars and trucks for other companies such as Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, or Volvo. However, what they are bringing to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is a big surprise: an innovative two-seat hybrid sports car.
“Magna’s broad range of services — from engineering to diverse product capabilities to full-service contract manufacturing — helps support our customers as they continue to be challenged with the changing dynamics of the automotive industry. The MILA Plus vehicle concept illustrate our value proposition and advantage within the global supply base,” emphasized Gunther Apfalter, President Magna Europe and Magna Steyr.
And yet, the concept is outstanding, featuring advanced technologies and flexible manufacturing processes with a focus on eco-friendliness that are wrapped up by an extremely beautiful exterior design.
The MILA Plus is built on an aluminium frame with integrated batteries, and parts of the car, including the chassis and interior that are fully recyclable. In order to provide a structural rigidity and weight reduction, a combination of manufacturing methods, sophisticated joining technologies and a multi-material external skin have been further used.
The striking shape of MILA Plus underscores the vehicle’s sportiness. The car’s compact appearance and flowing lines create a dynamic and captivating outlook. Aesthetics and innovative technology are elegantly combined in the design concept of MILA Plus. Two cameras replacing the exterior mirrors not only improve the car’s aerodynamics but provide wide-angle, high-resolution live images shown on two display screens inside the vehicle concept, helping to minimize side blind spots.
Motivated by a three-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors, the car is capable of hitting 62 MPH in 4.9 seconds, and in 3.6 seconds if the electric mode is engaged. A pretty cool acceleration result though!
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