What Magna Steyr brought to the Geneva Auto Show is a lightweight and efficient model called MILA Aerolight (Magna Innovative Lightweight Vehicle). Magna Steyr expects that with this model, it is able to prove that it knows what a model of the future should be. The weight of this model has been cut to just 700 kg, because of a multi-material system used for its construction. This cuts the emission and consumption figures.
In addition, Magna Steyr has also built the model to be capable of running on natural gas. Its body is comprised of a structural frame adapted to stress and a polymer shell. The honeycomb structures and composite materials were also instrumental in reducing the weight of the MILA.
The two-cylinder CNG engine gets the fuel from a 55-liter high pressure tank, which weighs only 8 kg. However, the tank can enable the model to run for about 400 km. Because of all these, Aerolight ranks at the lowest level of CO2 emissions in its class, 55g/km.
The new MILA Aerolight is shaped under a design philosophy that dictates that purism and sustainability as well as esthetics and technology should complement each other to arouse emotions. As developed and designed, the MILA Aerolight features a tangible lightweight construction and black passenger compartment that convey a sense of security.
Its body is wrapped in a hovering shell, evoking a sense of lightness while emphasizing ideal aerodynamic attributes. Since the new MILA Aerolight dramatically combines a tangible lightweight construction and observable security, it represents a design novelty in the small car segments – something that should appeal to both design and technology enthusiasts.
On the other hand, the new MILA Aerolight has been made more sophisticated thanks to its adherence to a certain technology philosophy. The new MILA Aerolight employs a multi-material system that only uses the right material in the right place and allows for new structure features and function to evolve.
In fact, the body of the new MILA Aerolight consists of a polymer shell and of a structural frame that is optimally adapted to stress. Magna Steyr was able to dramatically reduce the concept’s weight by employing honeycomb structures and using composite materials.
These solutions allowed the new MILA Aerolight to comply with all safety requirements, especially concerning pedestrian safety. They also seek to enhance insulation and acoustic properties. Magna Styer also implemented module solutions with integrated functions like a structurally embedded back seat, an axle with stabilizers, and a digital viewing system.