Magna International Inc. has received the Best Product Development Performance Award from its customer Mahindra for a new ladder frame used across multiple vehicle platforms. The award was presented at Mahindra’s Supplier Conference in Warsaw, Poland, and recognizes Cosma International, Magna’s body and chassis operating group, for the design, engineering, and development of the frame for Mahindra’s Scorpio SUV and other vehicle platforms.
Mahindra awarded the complete re-engineering of the Scorpio chassis frame to Magna, which proposed and engineered a modular frame that can accommodate multiple vehicles and variants, and developed a manufacturing process to make the frames on a flexible assembly line. The company’s localization strategy has been optimized for the Indian market, and performance has been improved to meet and/or exceed the mass and safety requirements.
The complete design, engineering, and development of the frame was done at Magna's product development and engineering centers in Bangalore and Pune. Activities included product design, CAD, CAE, and advanced manufacturing. Manufacturing of the frames was launched in 2014 at Magna’s body and chassis plant in Pune, where nearly 45,000 chassis frames for Mahindra have been produced to date. The stamping, welding, and assembly facility is a 279,000-ft² (25,900-m²) building with more than 450 employees.
“We are thrilled to receive this award from our valued customer Mahindra, particularly because it recognizes our full product development capability—from design and engineering to validation and production,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna's Chief Technical Officer.