2013 Geneva Motor Show: Peugeot RCZ with View Top by Magna Steyr

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 4, 2013

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Magna Steyr will present the industrialized solution of View Top, an innovative sliding folding roof with integrated glass elements. In order to demonstrate the functionality of the View Top roof, Magna Steyr modified a Peugeot RCZ into an exciting concept. As a result, the car’s roof features transparent glass segments integrated into its textile material.

These glass elements are wider and narrower and have special curvature pattern alternatives. When closed, the View Top extends from the windscreen all the way to the rear lid, but when it is opened it folds back in a special pattern in just 12 seconds.

The folded top is neatly positioned on the rear shelf, taking very little space and allowing room for two passengers in the rear seats. Accoriding to Magna Steyr, the View Top can be used on many different models. For the Peugeot RCZ coupe concept, the trademark “double bubble” rear window of the production version was maintained as a distinct design feature of the folding sliding roof.

“The inspiration for this concept car stems from Magna Steyr’s MILA concept series, which demonstrates the unique product design and engineering capabilities that we can deliver to customers,” explains Günther Apfalter, President Magna Steyr. “We are excited to take our original View Top design concept and bring it closer to reality by showcasing it as a concept on a sports car production vehicle.”

Press Release

Magna Steyr Demonstrates Roof System Capabilities at Geneva Motorshow 2013

Magna Steyr, an operating unit of leading global automotive supplier Magna International Inc., will showcase its roof systems capabilities at Geneva Motor Show 2013 (Hall 6/Booth 6261). Following the MILA Coupic concept from Geneva 2012, Magna Steyr now presents the industrialized solution of View Top, an innovative sliding folding roof with integrated glass elements that creates a unique open-air feeling – open or closed.

To demonstrate the functionality of the View Top roof, Magna Steyr transformed a Peugeot RCZ production sports car into an exciting coupe concept. Magna Steyr recently reached a contract manufacturing milestone of over 50,000 RCZ vehicles in Graz, Austria.

“The inspiration for this concept car stems from Magna Steyr’s MILA concept series, which demonstrates the unique product design and engineering capabilities that we can deliver to customers,” explains Günther Apfalter, President Magna Steyr. “We are excited to take our original View Top design concept and bring it closer to reality by showcasing it as a concept on a sports car production vehicle.”

View Top – Functionality Meets Design
View Top features transparent glass segments integrated into its textile material. Glass elements that are wider and narrower have special curvature pattern alternatives, giving the vehicle not only an appealing and perfectly shaped appearance, but also enhancing the intensive open-air experience. When closed, View Top extends from the windscreen all the way to the rear lid, offering an attractive textile-glass touch. View Top opens in 12 seconds and folds in a special pattern stacking itself at a height of only 200mm once completely opened. The folded top is neatly positioned on the rear shelf, taking very little space and allowing room for two passengers in the rear seats.

MILA Coupic to Peugeot RCZ Concept
View Top is an ideal technical solution for adaptation on many different models. Its flexibility allows for various design elements, even on complex surfaces. For the Peugeot RCZ coupe concept, the trademark “double bubble” rear window of the production version was maintained as a distinct design feature of the folding sliding roof. The vehicle’s unique silhouette is untouched. Keeping the lateral walls has led to only a limited scope of changes on the basic vehicle. As a cost-optimized alternative for open-drive experiences, this product is a unique addition to the current market portfolio of roof top systems.

About Magna Steyr
More than 100 years of experience in automobile construction and its comprehensive range of services have turned Magna Steyr, a subsidiary of Magna International, into the world’s leading, brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner for automobile makers. Our extensive range of services consists of the four areas of Engineering Services, Vehicle Contract Manufacturing, Roof Systems and Fuel & Battery Systems. As a contract manufacturer, we have produced some 2.5 million vehicles in 21 models.

About Magna International
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 313 manufacturing operations and 88 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. Our over 118,000 employees are focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes built on World Class Manufacturing processes. Our product capabilities include body, chassis, interiors, exteriors, seating, powertrain, electronics, mirrors, closures and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA). For further information about Magna, visit our website at www.magna.com.

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