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Magna's PureView Window Wins 2015 PACE Award

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Innovative pickup truck slider provides clean, elegant appearance with reduced manufacturing complexity

AURORA, ON -- April 22, 2015: Magna International Inc. has been selected as a 2015 Automotive News PACE Award winner for its PureView™ seamless sliding window.

"On behalf of Magna Closures and our product development, engineering and sales teams, we are honored to accept this PACE Award for our PureView seamless sliding window and we appreciate the prestigious recognition our innovative product has received," said Frank Seguin, president of Magna Closures.

PureView eliminates the vertical seams that mark the edges of conventional pickup truck sliding rear windows, creating a smooth opening when viewed from outside. The first-to-market design made its debut on the 2015 Ford F-150 and sets a new trend for power sliders by reducing component needs and improving overall functionality and manufacturing efficiency.

"Magna continuously applies our innovation development process across all product areas and vehicle segments – we're always working on that next game-changing innovation," said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technology Officer. "With the PureView seamless slider we seized the opportunity to lead the market with a desirable new design and improved functionality."

Standard sliding rear windows typically contain three pieces of glass – left and right panes that don't move, plus the sliding portion in the middle, all held together by a support structure that requires numerous components. The PureView seamless sliding window uses only two pieces of glass – the exterior surround and the sliding portion, which reduces build componentry and complexity.

In addition to its streamlined looks, the window's two-piece design enables continuous uninterrupted defrost capability for the larger surrounding glass. The new design also contributes to vehicle weight savings, as the seamless power slider uses a lighter window control module.

The Automotive News PACE Awards celebrate automotive suppliers' innovations in products, manufacturing processes and information technology. PACE stands for Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence, and the winners were announced at the 21st annual awards ceremony on April 20, 2015, in Detroit, Mich.