Replacing plastic interior trim with structural parts suitably designed with laminable, visually attractive surfaces was one innovation employed by Magna International Inc. (Vienna, Austria) to reduce vehicle weight in its MILA Blue vehicle concept. The car will be on show at the Geneva Motor Show 2014, which will be held 6th to 16th March in the Swiss city.
On the plus side for plastics, the concept car has adopted a multi-material approach including aluminum, magnesium and composite materials to deliver "cost-effective, innovative lightweight modules."
The MILA Blue is a natural-gas powered, A-segment lightweight vehicle that generates less than 49 g CO2/km. The seventh concept vehicle in the MILA family, a combination of optimized vehicle architecture and the latest lightweight design concepts, as well as novel materials and joining technologies, achieves a weight savings of 300kg compared to typical current A-segment vehicles.