In a recent press release, Magna announced that it’s the manufacturer of the BMW i3 liftgate. Initially, it was believed that all lightweight body parts of the electric vehicle were made in-house by BMW.
Without a doubt, Magna is not the solely maker of parts for the revolutionary i3 EV.
“Magna International Inc. announced that it is leveraging its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce an innovative, lightweight composite liftgate assembly on the BMW i3.
Magna’s collaboratively-designed liftgate achieves the BMW i brand appearance and vehicle mass requirements through the use of a lightweight composite structure which integrates the liftgate’s functional systems. Locking and latching systems, rear windshield wiper system, interior trim, exterior painted trim finishes, electrical power and signal distribution, tail-lights, rear window and a unique glass outer panel are all integrated using a fully automated accelerated joining technology. The sleek and stylish module is a completely assembled lightweight closure, ready for installation on the vehicle.”
The liftgate production for the BMW i3 takes place at the Magna factory in Czech Republic before it’s being shipped to Leipzig to assemble it on the i3.