Magna bags GM supplier of the year awards

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Apr 2018

Magna CEO Don Walker and executives from Magna’s lighting team at the GM Supplier of the Year awards ceremony

After supplying innovative technologies to help improve lighting and driveline performance for General Motors’ customers, Magna International has won two GM Supplier of the Year awards at the automaker’s 26th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

GM’s Supplier of the Year award is reserved for suppliers that distinguish themselves by going above and beyond GM’s requirements, providing customers with the most innovative technologies and highest quality in the automotive industry.

“Thank you to our long-time customer General Motors for presenting us with these prestigious awards,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Magna Chief Technology Officer. “We are proud to be recognized for the continuous innovation across our company.”

One example of the lighting Magna supplies GM is the D-Optic LED headlamp, an industry-first that uses multiple high-power LEDs and can be custom-developed to a vehicle's specific styling. This technology debuted on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and provides a unique design while also improving forward visibility.

In the driveline area Magna supplies GM with products such as the single-speed Actimax transfer case, two-speed Ultimax transfer case, electronic limited slip differential and Actimax beveloid transfer case. These products provide a variety of benefits to GM vehicles, including improved handling and performance, dynamic four-wheel and all-wheel drive, and optimized fuel efficiency. Magna’s powertrain portfolio covers a wide range of architectures and is positioned to support increased electrification in vehicles. 

“To win in the market place, we need to deliver vehicles with outstanding value and quality while featuring the latest innovations,” said Steve Kiefer, GM Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “We look forward to continue working with our supplier partners as we provide GM customers with the best vehicles and services in the industry.”