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Magna International announced that at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show it will present a plug-in hybrid sports car: MILA Plus.

There is only one illustration of the MILA Plus, but the lone image is enough for us to say that the car itself looks stylish. It sort of reminds us of the BMW i8 in some ways, but the MILA Plus is less flashy.

Magna does have some mostly unseen pedigree in the plug-in space, as the Ford Focus Electric's drivetrain was developed, and is supplied by Magna, after the company had attempted to earlier sell Ford (and all the other OEMs) on its EV "skateboard" architecture.

The story goes, that one day back in 2008, Magna execs showed up at Ford with a fully electrified Focus they converted (unsolicited no less), Ford was impressed with what they saw, a cooperation was made - and the rest is history.

Magna said that this is a two-seater, equipped with a three-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors (one per axle) for AWD. Total output stands at 200 kW and 580 Nm.

At 1,520 kg (3,350 lbs) MILA Plus accelerates from 0 to 80 km/h in 3.6 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds. BMW i8 weighs 1,485 kg (3,274 lbs) utilizing CFRP.

All-electric range is rated at 75 km (nearly 47 miles), although Magna didn't reveal battery capacity.

Lightweight construction is achieved through use of an extruded aluminum space frame, which is one of the main focuses of concept.

Cameras replace the exterior mirrors and sure do look cool on the outside.

"Magna International Inc. is set to debut MILA Plus, an innovative two-seat hybrid sports car at Geneva Motor Show 2015. The concept vehicle, which will be displayed at Magna's booth #6261 in Hall 6, combines a sophisticated, lightweight construction with an intelligent, alternative-drive solution to produce maximum performance as well as eco-friendliness.  With an all-electric range of 75km and a vehicle weight of 1,520kg, MILA Plus achieves reduced CO2 emissions of 32g/km."

Günther Apfalter, President Magna Europe and Magna Steyr stated:

"Magna's broad range of services – from engineering to diverse product capabilities to full-vehicle 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 illustrates our value proposition and advantage within the global supply base."

Description:

"Lightweight Construction

The structure of MILA Plus is based on an extruded aluminum space frame which has a number of advantages over a steel structure, including: lower weight; modular structural flexibility; and ability to accommodate different driveline configurations. The modular body-in-white (BIW) concept also allows the use of components and systems from large series production, thus enabling improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility for global automakers.

MILA Plus offers additional benefits aimed at structural rigidity and weight reduction. For example, the concept integrates a high-voltage battery into the space frame, which increases structural rigidity. Lightweight plastic body panels are used due to their corrosion resistance and styling flexibility. A combination of manufacturing methods, sophisticated joining technologies and a multi-material external skin further contribute to a lightweight vehicle architecture that meets global safety standards.

Sophisticated Joining Technologies Cold mechanical joining, a hybrid process in combination with bonding is used on the BIW. This reliable technology is more cost effective versus traditional welding solutions and is a joining process Magna has used on other vehicles including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Rapide.

Alternative Drive Solutions MILA Plus plug-in hybrid system achieves a reduced emission of 32g/km CO2. The performance of the three-cylinder gasoline engine is enhanced by the addition of two electric motors - one between the internal combustion engine and transmission to drive the rear axle, and one on the electric front axle. This arrangement results in an electric all-wheel-drive system which transmits more torque to the road and results in improvement of vehicle maneuverability and dynamics.

Emotional Design The striking shape of MILA Plus underscores the vehicle's sportiness. The vehicle's compact appearance and flowing lines create a dynamic and captivating appearance.  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 minimize side blind spots.

Sustainability

The alternative drive system with an all-electric range of 75km, together with electrification of the accessories, yields a highly efficient drive concept with CO2 emissions of 32g/km. The completely recyclable aluminum body-in-white makes a significant contribution to sustainability. The interior uses renewable materials such as paneling components made of bioplastics and natural fibers."

Vehicle Dimensions:

Length:              

4403 mm

Width:                

1925 mm

Height:                

1250 mm

Wheelbase:         

2575 mm

Baggage compartment: 

360l (145l front; golf bag possible rear)

Acceleration:                   

0 to 100 km/h in 4.9s

Electric acceleration:       

0 to 80 km/h in 3.6s

Power output (kW/PS):     

200 / 272

Torque (Nm):                      

580 peak