Magna wins big with the new Mercedes B class
Magna International provides a number of key components in the new Mercedes-Benz B class, including the premium compact's front and rear bumpers, radiator grilles, body structure stampings, trunk trims, wheelhouse liners, carpets & floor trims, side door latches, rocker panels and various acoustic parts.
The B class has Mercedes' new third-generation 1.8-liter four-cylinder common-rail diesel. The engine previously was offered only in Mercedes' larger, more expensive C- and S-class models. BorgWarner supplies the high temperature sensor and glow plug control module for the engine while Getrag provides steering gears.
The B class has Mercedes' new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is made in-house. NSK supplies transmission bearings to the transmission.
The production version of the B class debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. Mercedes started building the second generation of the compact car in Rastatt, Germany, in July 2011. Output of the car was added to Mercedes' factory in Kecskemet, Hungary, in March.