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Kia to install Magna’s Dynamax system in Sorento SUV

Magna's Dynamax system exchanges information with the control electronics of the car



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Magna’s Dynamax AWD system exchanges information with the control electronics of the car

AURORA, Ont.—Automative parts giant Magna International Inc. has inked a global deal to install its Dynamax all-wheel drive coupling for Kia Motors next generation Sorento sports-utility vehicle.

“We are excited to expand our successful partnership with Kia Motors by supplying our Dynamax system to the third-generation Sorento, and we are proud to support Kia globally with this innovative product,” said Jake Hirsch, president of Magna Powertrain.

Magna’s Dynamax system is the first continuous and fully active AWD system that exchanges information with the control electronics of the car to anticipate events and adjust rather than react to changing conditions like earlier-generation AWD systems.

The multi-plate coupling of the Dynamax system and its energy-efficient electronic components boost the track stability of the front axle, effectively preventing unwanted under- and over-steering, improving both safety and driving enjoyment. The system’s high-thermal stress tolerance protects the AWD system from overheating, even during long and/or steep climbs.

The Dynamax all-wheel-drive coupling is manufactured by the WIA-Magna Powertrain joint venture in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea, and shipped to Kia’s Sorento assembly locations in South Korea and the U.S. The Dynamax system was first introduced in 2010 on the Kia Sportage.

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