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Magna releases its new Surface Element Lighting technology

First-to-market technology debuted on the all-new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4.

June 7, 2021  by CM Staff

The optional LED tail light custers of ID.4

AURORA — On June 7, Magna released its new Surface Element Lighting technology, which offers a new palette of options for automotive designers. First-to-market on the all-electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, Surface Element Lighting is contained within a compact package, providing a homogeneous appearance and LED lighting options for exterior vehicle applications.

“Automotive designers are constantly looking for new ways to differentiate and lighting is one way to showcase creativity and brand image,” said, John O’Hara, President of Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors, Lighting and Magna Electronics. “With OLED-like uniformity at a fraction of the cost, Surface Element Lighting is a game-changer in terms of design and customization.”

The LED panels can be packaged into tight spaces and situated in a variety of configurations. The surrounding frame of the lit element can be modified to create 3D panels enabling styling freedom.

Lighting animations are customizable and can be created within individual elements or in groups including: lock/unlock, greet/goodbye, charge indicator, startup and turn signal indicator. In addition, designers have the option to offer consumers a choice of different pre-programmed lighting animations to deliver a greater level of personalization.

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This new technology builds on Magna’s current portfolio which includes lighting solutions that can be found on more than 140 vehicle models today.


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