Purpose: In the following paper there have been the properties of the MCMgA112Zn1, MCMgAl9Zn1, MCMgAl6Zn1, MCMgAl3Zn1 magnesium cast alloy as-cast state and after a heat treatment presented. Design/methodology/approach: A casting cycle of alloys has been carried out in an induction crucible furnace using a protective salt bath Flux 12 equipped with two ceramic filters at the melting temperature of 750 plmin 10 degrees centigrade, suitable for the manufactured material. The following results concern sliding friction, mechanical properties, scanning microscopy. Findings: The different heat treatment kinds employed contributed to the improvement of mechanical properties of the alloy with the slight reduction of its plastic properties. Research limitations/implications: According to the alloys characteristic, the applied cooling rate and alloy additions seems to be a good compromise for mechanical properties and microstructures, nevertheless further tests should be carried out in order to examine different cooling rates and parameters of solution treatment process and aging process. Practical implications: The concrete examples of the employment of castings from magnesium alloys in the automotive industry are elements of the suspension of the front and rear axes of cars, propeller shaft tunnel, pedals, dashboards, elements of seats, steering wheels, elements of timer-distributors, air filters, wheel bands, oil sumps, elements and housings of the gearbox, framing of doors and sunroofs, and others, etc. Originality/value: Contemporary materials should possess high mechanical properties, physical and chemical, as well as technological ones, to ensure long and reliable use. The above mentioned requirements and expectations regarding the contemporary materials are met by the non-ferrous metals alloys used nowadays, including the magnesium alloys.