Magneti Marelli's know-how has been applied to many models being previewed at the 81st Geneva Motor Show this month with the both Ferrari's new FF (top) and Lancia's new Ypsilon (bottom) bristling with the Italian company's latest cutting-edge technology.

Magneti Marelliís technological know-how has been applied to many models being previewed at the 81st Geneva Motor Show. Starting from the Ferrari FF and Lancia Ypsilon, and broadening the spectrum to include all leading carmakers attending the event in Geneva, Magneti Marelli contributes with all its main technological areas, in other words lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, exhaust systems and suspensions.

On the Ferrari FF, Magneti Marelli supplied its technology to the four-wheel-drive 4RM patented by Ferrari, collaborating to the development of the electro-hydraulic control system for the transmission. The FF is also equipped with an optional system called Superlift, supplied by Magneti Marelli, which is applied for the first time on both front and rear axles. Through a system of hydraulic drives, a pump operated by an electric motor and an electronic control unit, Superlift actually raises the vehicle on both axles.

The new Ferrari also features a configurable instrument panel consisting of two 5-inch VGA TFT high-definition displays. In addition to the odometer, the right side also displays images taken from the rear video camera during the vehicle manoeuvring phases. The electro-luminescent display on the left, on the other hand, displays levels, consumptions or track times. Magneti Marelli also collaborated with Ferrari on the lighting components, specifically the LED rear lamps, with the traditional and unmistakable Ferrari pattern.

As far as Lancia is concerned, Magneti Marelli supplies its components and systems on the new Ypsilon set to debut in Geneva: starting from the outside of the car, the LED rear lamps and front headlights stand out. In the powertrain area, Magneti Marelli supplies electronic control units for both diesel and petrol engines, along with the DFN robotised gearbox. It also supplies front suspensions and shock absorbers, and exhaust systems.

Moving on to Mercedes Benz, both the new SLK and the updated Class C are fitted with lighting systems designed and developed by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting. Specifically, the SLK features LED rearlamps, while the Class C uses AFS-HID (Adaptive Frontlighting System) Xenon front headlights. Peugeot also chose Magneti Marelli for the lighting system on its new 308, for both the front adaptive xenon headlights and rear lamps.

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