Magna Steyr is expecting to build over 140,000 vehicles this year at its Graz production site in Austria, up from 123,602 units in 2012. The contract manufacturer currently produces the Mini Paceman and Countryman for BMW; the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG body for Daimler; and the Peugeot RCZ for PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.
BMW has disclosed it may not renew Magna’s contract to build the Mini Paceman and Countryman once their lifecycles are over, as the German carmaker plans to consolidate production at its Oxford site in England and at the NedCar plant in the Netherlands, where VDL will commence Mini production in 2014. “We are currently satisfied with the utilization of plant capacity in Graz,” Guenther Apfalter, president of Magna Europe, said.
Apfalter noted that in previous years, between 120,000 and 160,000 cars were built in Graz -- a range where Magna Steyr is “comfortable.” Apfalter disclosed that Magna Steyr had made no decision on a second site, but remarked that it was ''conceivable'' that it would produce premium vehicles in Graz and add the production of high-volume mass-market models in Eastern Europe. [source: automotive news - sub. required]