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Magna to Unveil RCZ ViewTop in Geneva

Slick European coupe gets an innovative roof mechanism from one of the world's largest contract manufacturers.

The Peugeot RCZ is often derided as a copy-cat Audi TT, but unlike the latter, the former is not available as a convertible. Enter Magna Steyr with this sliding-roof concept. Never heard of Magna Steyr? You probably know some of its products. It builds the G-Class for Mercedes-Benz, the Paceman and Countryman for Mini and (until recently) the Rapide for Aston Martin. More relevant is that it also makes the RCZ for Peugeot, and helped Audi develop the TT.

Magna Steyr also makes the roof mechanisms for the Mercedes SLK, Nissan 370Z roadster and Murano CrossCabriolet, Chevy Camaro, and (again, most pertinently) on the Audi A5 and Peugeot 308 CC. Here it's fitted this RCZ with a roof assembly that slides back on its existing roof rails. Called the ViewTop, the system is similar to what you might find on the Fiat 500C (whose roof it also makes) or Citroen DS3 Cabrio, only slicker. It incorporates a series of glass panels and fabric to form a tight seal when closed, or opened in just 12 seconds to let the air in.

It's just the latest in a series of Magna convertible concepts that aim to show what the company can do, set to debut on the RCZ at the Geneva Motor Show later this week.

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