Magna Steyr revealed that it will be showing the world its capabilities when it comes to roof systems during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The exhibit will be held at Booth 6261 on Hall 6. For those not familiar, Magna Steyr is the operating division of Magna International Inc., the world leader in automotive supplies. It was during the 2012 Geneva Auto Show that Magna Steyr revealed its MILA Coupic concept.
For 2013, the roof system it will be presenting is an industrialized solution dubbed as the View Top. This is an advanced folding roof with glass elements integrated to it. It results in that distinct open-air feeling, be it closed or open. To describe the View Top, it is a combination of design and functionality. As already mentioned, it has transparent glass segments, all of which have been incorporated to the textile materials.
In addition to being narrower and wider, the glass components come with special curve pattern alternatives. This gives this model that perfectly formed look and corresponding appeal. It also helps improve the intensive open-air experience. Once closed, the View Top begins at the windscreen and spreads all the way to the rear lid. As such, it delivers that attractive textile-glass touch.
Opening the View Top takes 12 seconds and folds in a special pattern that stacks itself. Once it is completely opened, the stack only has a height that measures 200 mm. By being placed on the rear shelf, the folded top takes little space. This results in enough room for two people to sit in the rear seats. To be able to better demonstrate the functionality of this View Top roof, the company converted the production Peugeot RCZ sports car to a coupe concept.
In fact, Magna Steyr revealed that it has entered into an important contract manufacturing milestone with at least 50,000 RCZ vehicles at Graz, Austria. Magna Steyr said that being an ideal technical solution, the View Top can be adapted on various models. The solution is so flexible that it can be able to different design elements, even those on complex surfaces.
Thus, with the Peugeot RCZ coupe concept for example, the production version continues to have that well-known “double bubble” rear window. The brand made sure to make this a unique design feature for the folding sliding roof. In addition, the already distinct profile is also maintained. Further, the lateral walls have been retained resulting in small changes when it comes to the base model.
According to the brand, this version is an excellent alternative for those looking for an open-drive experience that is optimized for cost. Without a doubt, this model is a new addition to today’s market portfolio as it relates to roof top systems. Magna Steyr President Günther Apfalter says that for this concept car, the brand was inspired by the MILA concept series.
As such, he explains, it reveals a distinct product design that is unique and mixed with engineering capabilities that customers can expect. He adds that the brand is excited to make use of the original design concept of the View Top and then making the possibility of it being real by revealing it as a concept using a sports car production vehicle. As a company, Magna Steyr has at least a century of experience when it comes to automobile construction.
The company is Magna International’s subsidiary and because of the wide and extensive range of services, has become the world leader of brand-independent engineering. Magna Steyr has also become the top choice as manufacturing partner for many automakers.
Overall, the range of services being offered by Magna Steyr falls into four categories which are Engineering Services, Fuel & Battery Systems, Roof Systems, and Vehicle Contract Manufacturing. Working as a contract manufacturer, the company has manufactured at least 2.5 million vehicles covering 21 models.