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Magna Steyr

MAGNA STEYR AG & Co KG
Limited public partnership (AG & KG)
Industry Automotive
Predecessor Steyr-Daimler-Puch
Founded 2001
Founder Frank Stronach
Headquarters Graz, Austria
Key people
Günther Apfalter, President
Products contract Automobile manufacturing, automobile components
Services Consultancy services
Revenue
Number of employees
10,500 (2013)
Parent Magna International
Website MagnaSteyr.com

Magna Steyr AG & Co KG is an automobile manufacturer based in Graz, Austria, where also its primary manufacturing plant is located. It is a subsidiary of Canadian-based Magna International and was previously part of the Steyr-Daimler-Puch conglomerate.

Magna Steyr engineers, develops and assembles automobiles for other companies on a contractual basis; therefore, Magna Steyr is not an automobile marque. In 2002, it absorbed Daimler AG's Eurostar vehicle assembly facility. The company's vehicle assembly capacity reached 200,000 vehicles a year. It is the largest contract manufacturer for automobiles worldwide,[1] and has several manufacturing sites, with its main car production in Graz in Austria.

Magna Steyr developed Mercedes-Benz's "4Matic" four-wheel drive (4wd) system, and assembles all E-Class 4Matic models. The company also undertook substantial development on the BMW X3 and manufactures all first generation X3s, the Aston Martin Rapide and developed several cars on behalf of manufacturers such as the Audi TT, Fiat Bravo and Peugeot RCZ.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Production 2
    • Current 2.1
    • Former 2.2
    • Car components 2.3
    • Cancelled contracts 2.4
  • MILA 3
    • MILA Concept 3.1
    • MILA Future 3.2
    • MILA Alpin 3.3
    • MILA EV 3.4
    • MILA Aerolight 3.5
    • MILA Coupic 3.6
    • MILA Blue 3.7
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Magna Steyr AG & Co KG was founded in 2001 after Magna International Inc. acquired a majority shareholding in Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG three years earlier.[2]

Production

Current

Former

Car components

  • Mercedes-Benz SLK vario-roof assembly – over 500,000 produced since 1996[7]
  • Opel Astra TwinTop convertible roof assembly – 2005–2010[8]

Cancelled contracts

Porsche had announced in June 2008 that the Boxster and Cayman models would be manufactured by Magna Steyr from 2012, but this contract was cancelled in December 2009 and transferred to Karmann, a German car assembly company which had recently been taken over by Porsche's parent company, Volkswagen.[9]

MILA

Magna Steyr MILA Concept

Magna Steyr created the MILA (Magna Innovation Lightweight Auto)[10] brand to differentiate its technology and research. Several concept cars have been shown at various motor shows.

MILA Concept

The showcar was presented at the IAA in Frankfurt in 2005 as a one-seater sportscar. The first prototype of the CNG-powered vehicle was built in 2006. And with Mila 2 followed the two-seater version.

MILA Future

Presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2007, the Mila Future is a sculpture with four roof options: coupé, landaulet, coupster (a crossover between a coupé and a roadster) and roadster.

MILA Alpin

Magna Steyr MILA Alpin concept

The Alpin was a small, lightweight off-road vehicle for four passengers in a 3+1 seat arrangement announced at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.[11] It had an unusual mid-engine layout and was based on a low-cost production concept.[12] It was 3540mm long, 1703mm wide and 1750mm high, with a 3-cylinder 1.0 L (999cc) engine in two versions; CNG natural gas or petrol. The petrol version was much lighter, with a weight of 906 kg.

MILA EV

The Mila EV was a plug-in electric vehicle concept[13] based on a modular lightweight platform, displayed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.[14]

MILA Aerolight

At the Geneva Motor Show 2011, the fifth Mila concept car was presented: Mila Aerolight, a compact four-seater, powered by CNG.

Magna Steyr MILA Blue

MILA Coupic

The sixth concept car in the Mila family the Mila Coupic combines three different vehicle concepts in one: a SUV coupé which can be transformed into a pick-up or a convertible. It was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2012.

MILA Blue

MIla Blue is a natural-gas powered lightweight concept vehicle with emissions of CO2 of less than less than 49 g/km. The Mila Blue achieves a weight savings of 300 kg compared to typical current A-segment vehicles powered by CNG.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ "New World of Telecommunications".  
  2. ^ http://www.magna.com/xchg/complete_vehicle/XSL/standard.xsl/-/content/148_1867.htm
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph 19 August 2009
  4. ^ Car Magazine 20 January 2010
  5. ^ "Mini Paceman review". The Telegraph. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Birmingham Post 9 June 2011
  7. ^ Magna Steyr press release
  8. ^ Magna Steyr website
  9. ^ Autocar: Porsche cancels Magna contract
  10. ^ http://www.magnasteyr.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/media_information_mila_1_iaa_2005_en.pdf?sfvrsn=2
  11. ^ Autoblog.com 28 February 2008
  12. ^ Magna press release image
  13. ^ "Preview: Obama at Plug-In Center Thurs + News Roundup".  
  14. ^ Magna Steyr press release 2009
  15. ^ "Magna unveils ‘Mila Blue,’ a lightweight, natural-gas hybrid concept". CanadianManufacturing.com. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 

External links

  • MagnaSteyr.com official website]
  • Mila Mila official website]
  • Magna Steyr plant profile at Autoindex.org
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