Magna International will showcase its diverse capabilities through the MILA Blue, a natural gas powered, A-segment lightweight vehicle that produces less than 49g CO2/km. Simultaneously, Škoda is renewing and expanding its model range with dynamic and elegant five-door coupé VisionC including a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine.
On the one hand, MILA Blue, the seventh concept vehicle in the MILA family, represents a new, intelligent, lightweight design approach that achieves a weight savings of 300kg compared to typical current A-segment vehicles. According to Günther Apfalter, President of Magna International Europe, “As the automotive industry continues to look for ways to become more environmentally friendly, Magna continues to leverage its engineering expertise to bring our customers solutions that meet their challenges.”
This vehicle uses a compressed natural gas hybrid drive that achieves a carbon footprint of less than 49g CO2/km. Refueling with biogas instead of fossil-derived natural gas can bring about an additional improvement in the carbon footprint to < 36g CO2/km. The combustion engine is coupled with an automatic manual transmission and a belt-driven starter generator. Due to the vehicle’s comparatively light weight, crawling along in stop-and-go traffic and cruising up to 30km/h can be done electrically using power from the vehicle’s 12V-based electric motor and start-stop system.
On the other hand, the ‘Škoda VisionC’ features a new expressive, dynamic and emotional design language. The interplay of soft, slightly contoured, concave and convex surfaces, as well as sharp, precise lines creates an immediate impact. The surfaces and proportions demonstrate clear arrangement and a striking interaction of light and shadow. The front has an air of confidence and energy, and the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with a radical conclusion. The five-door coupé provides plenty of room for four people and their luggage.
Under the bonnet, CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine can be found. On natural gas, the vehicle consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 CNG per kilometer, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km. Škoda has made a huge leap in demonstrating that even attractive mid-class vehicles can meet the stringent EU2020 CO2 emissions standard with today’s conventional drive technology.
Source: Magna International Inc. / Škoda Auto.