Magna unveils industry-first latch, mirror systems on BMW i8
Plug-in electric sports car has outside mirrors with hidden turn signal indicators, electronic side-door latch system.
SAILAUF, Germany — Magna International has unveiled two industry-first systems that have made their debuts on BMW’s new i8 plug-in electric car.
Financial details of the supply agreement have not been released.
The Aurora, Ont-based autoparts manufacturer says the outside mirrors include a hidden turn signal that’s fully integrated so housing and turn-signal lens are one piece.
The signal is invisible when not in operation to improve styling and aerodynamics.
The SmartLatch electronic side-door latch requires no cables, rods or moving handles in the door to provide significant weight savings and a reduced number of components.
The elimination of the lock rods, release cables and handles provides automakers with a lower-cost latching system option, the company said.
Magna has 317 manufacturing operations 83 product development facilities in 29 countries worldwide. The Canadian company employs more than 130,000 people.