Magna International recently announced that it produces the liftgate assembly for BMW’s popular i3. The collaboratively-designed liftgate maintains the BMW i brand appearance and achieves the vehicle’s 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, taillights, rear window and a glass outer panel are integrated using a fully automated accelerated joining technology.
The liftgate assembly is produced at a Magna facility in the Czech Republic, and the fully assembled module is sent to BMW’s Leipzig facility to be incorporated into a new i3.
“Our composites and exterior systems expertise, as well as our ability to effectively collaborate with BMW Group to achieve shared objectives, were fundamental to our ability to deliver this novel liftgate,” said Magna Exteriors President Joe Pittel. “This combination enabled us to meet the expectations of BMW Group and launch this innovative product in a relatively short time.”