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.

September 17, 2014   by PLANT Staff

With hidden-turn-signal outside mirrors and SmartLatch™, an electronic side-door latch system, Magna International supplies two innovative, industry-first systems on the BMW i8 plug-in electric sports car. (CNW Group/Magna International Inc.)

Magna International supplies industry-first systems on the BMW i8 plug-in electric sports car, with hidden-turn-signal outside mirrors and SmartLatch, an electronic side-door latch system. PHOTO: Magna Int.

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.

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