Global automotive supplier Magna International will unveil a new two-seat hybrid sports car, named MILA Plus, at this week's Geneva motor show.
The vehicle is the latest in a line of MILA-badged concepts to be shown by the company, and exists as a showcase for Magna's capabilities, specifically its advanced technologies and flexible manufacturing processes with a focus on eco-friendliness.
MILA Plus is based on an extruded aluminium space frame, chosen over a steel structure for its lower weight, structural flexibility and ability to accommodate different driveline configurations.
The modular body-in-white concept also allows the use of components and systems from large-series production, thus enabling improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility for global automakers.
The car's high-voltage battery pack is integrated into the space frame in order to increase structural rigidity.
The MILA Plus, which weighs 1520kg, is clothed in what Magna refers to as "a multi-material external skin". This includes lightweight plastic body panels, which are used due to their corrosion resistance and styling flexibility.
The body-in-white is constructed using cold mechanical joining, a process that is more cost-effective than traditional welding and has been used on other vehicles Manga has been involved with, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Rapide.
The car's plug-in hybrid system comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors. One is mounted between the internal combustion engine and transmission and drives the rear axle, and the other drives the electric-only front axle.