Petrol-electric two-seater sports car packs 268bhp and 428lb ft, and will be on display at this week's Geneva motor show
Matt Burt
2 March 2015

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.

The overall power figure is put at 268bhp with peak torque rated at 428lb ft. The Plus is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.9sec.

Magna claims the car can cover 46 miles on electric power alone and achieves CO2 emissions of 32g/km. The aluminium body-in-white is recyclable and the interior uses renewable materials such as bioplastics and natural fibres.

Two cameras replace the exterior mirrors, not only to improve the car's aerodynamics but also to provide wide-angle, high-resolution live images shown on two display screens inside the vehicle, helping to minimise blind spots.

The MILA Plus is 4403mm long, 1925mm wide and 1250mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2575mm. Those dimensions make it a similar size to a Lotus Evora, which has the same wheelbase. The MILA Plus has 360 litres of luggage space.

Günther Apfalter, president of Magna Europe and Magna Steyr, said: "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."

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