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Magna launches Active Grille Shutter system

October 2, 2012

Fuel-saving system debuts on 2013 Dodge Dart and Ram 1500

AURORA, ON, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Magna International Inc. announced that
its Magna Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) operating unit has commenced
production of its Active Grille Shutter (AGS), a louver system that
blocks various front-end airflow openings, reducing drag while
maintaining optimal engine temperatures. Reduced drag is a key factor
for improving vehicle gas mileage.

Building on the auto industry’s initial research into grille shutter
systems, MEI developed and commercialized this new product offering in
18 months, a rapid development cycle made possible by the company’s
expertise as a leading supplier of automotive front-end modules and
fascias. The system’s louvers, functioning like household blinds,
automatically open and close based on various inputs from the vehicle.

Under conditions that produce moderate engine temperatures – for example
when a vehicle is traveling at highway speeds – the louvers are closed,
which directs airflow around the vehicle, reducing drag and enabling
fuel efficiency improvements. For situations such as sitting in hot
traffic, travelling uphill or pulling a trailer, the shutters remain
open and allow air to flow into the engine compartment for optimal
engine cooling.

“Nearly every passenger vehicle introduced in upcoming years will have
some kind of active shutter system,” said Bob Brownlee, President of
Magna Exteriors and Interiors. “With the development of our Active
Grille Shutter, we have been able to quickly meet automakers’ rising
demand for a well-engineered, high-quality system that helps address
rising fuel-economy standards and the need to reduce vehicle

After making its debut on the 2013 Dodge Dart and Ram 1500 pickup truck,
Magna’s AGS will be included on four additional upcoming vehicles, with
more expected to follow. Magna’s system is applicable for any vehicle
segment, including pickup trucks and SUVs, which typically receive the
highest benefit in reduced fuel consumption.

About Magna Exteriors and Interiors
Magna Exteriors and Interiors Corp. (www.magna.com), an operating unit of Magna International Inc., is a full-service
global supplier of automotive exterior and interior systems. We design,
engineer and manufacture front- and rear-end fascia systems; sealing
systems; exterior trim; class A composite panels; top systems;
engineered glass; under hood and underbody components; structural
components; sidewall and trim systems; cockpit systems; cargo
management systems; and overhead systems for automotive, commercial
truck, consumer, and industrial markets. We also manufacture sheet
molding compound (SMC) material, EpicBlendSMC(TM), in multiple

About Magna International
Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 296 manufacturing
operations and 88 product development, engineering and sales centres in
26 countries. Our 115,000 employees are focused on delivering superior
value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class
Manufacturing. Our product capabilities include producing body,
chassis, interiors, exteriors, seating, powertrain, electronics,
mirrors, closures and roof systems and modules, as well as complete
vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. Our common shares trade
on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange
(MGA). For further information about Magna, visit our website at www.magna.com.

SOURCE Magna International Inc.

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