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JLR Turns to Outside Manufacturer for New Crossover

Magna Steyr to produce new vehicle, possibly J-Space 3-row CUV.

by on Jul.06, 2015

Jaguar may build a second crossover at Magna Steyr that would be larger than the F-Pace shown here.

Its own manufacturing capacity stretched to the limits, Jaguar Land Rover will turn to a contract manufacturer Magna Steyr to build a new crossover vehicle for the Jaguar brand.

Based in Graz, Austria, Magna Steyr has produced vehicles for a wide variety of manufacturers and brands over the years, a list currently including Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Mini. For Jaguar, the new partnership will create additional capacity needed to support future growth plans, according to Ralf Speth, JLR’s chief executive officer.

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“The UK remains at the center of our design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities,” Speth stressed, adding that, “Partnerships such as this will complement our UK operations and engineering.”


Karmann Japan Bought by Magna Steyr

Magna pursuing acquisitions of in spite of its own losses.

by on Feb.25, 2010

Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible by Karmann.

Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International Inc., announced today that it acquired Karmann Japan Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of bankrupt Wilhelm Karmann GmbH, the convertible system and custom body assembly supplier.

Magna International concurrently reported that during 2009, its operating loss was $511 million, net loss was $493 million and diluted loss per share was $4.41, decreases of $839 million, $564 million and $5.03, respectively, each compared to 2008.

Magna posted sales of $17.4 billion for 2009, a decrease of 27% from 2008. This lower sales level was a result of decreases in North American and European production sales, complete vehicle assembly sales and tooling, engineering and other sales, partially offset by an increase in Rest of World production sales, according to Magna.

Magna Steyr is combining Karmann Japan with its current car top making operations there. It is now the leading convertible roof system supplier in Japan, a business that includes the Nissan 370Z Roadster and the Infiniti G Convertible. Magna Steyr Japan will be based in Shin-Yokohama, with production facilities in Yokohama and Tochigi.

Magna chief financial officer, Vince Galifi, said it is also close to buying Karmann’s roof operations in Germany and Poland, during an earnings conference call this morning.   (more…)

Magna Steyr Will Build SLS AMG Body

Aluminum body for Mercedes Benz super car sourced to Austria.

by on Oct.08, 2009

Mercedes-Benz at IAA 2009: Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars at the Mercedes SLS AMG.

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, at the SLS introduction in Frankfurt.

Magna Steyr will develop and manufacture the aluminum body for the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in Graz, Austria, the company announced today. The super car is due for a launch next spring.

Weighing only 1,620 kg, the car has the latest in lightweight technology and will be available as a coupe or a convertible.

“We are very proud that we are the only automotive supplier in Europe to master the technology needed to manufacture a pure aluminum body,” said Magna Co-CEO Siegfried Wolf.

The SLS 2-seat sports car arrives 55 years after the original gull wing Mercedes 300SL appeared to rave reviews and moderate sales. While the SLS clearly harkens back to that classic, “It is not a stroll down memory lane but a look into the future,” claimed Dieter Zetsche at its Frankfurt Motor Show introduction last month. Zetsche serves as both the Mercedes brand boss and CEO of its parent, Daimler AG.

Based around an aluminum space frame, there are design updates, starting with the rectangular, rather than round, headlights, which flow up into the front fenders; a more steeply-raked windshield; a decidedly taut and aerodynamic body; larger, wider tires; and a Formula One-style wing that cuts across the cross-hatched, blackout grille.


Spied: Mini Crossman dashing through the snow!

Mini's off-roader?

by on Jan.29, 2009

Mini’s new high-riding, all wheel drive Crossman has been spotted undergoing harsh winter testing and we have a great look at the new Cooper, psychedelic camo and all!

Spied: Mini Crossman

Spied: Mini Crossman

The Mini Crossman, previously referred to internally as the “Colorado,” will bring the brand firmly into new territory. What will likely be called the R58 within BMW from here on out, the Crossman is obviously riding higher than current Mini models, and have All Wheel Drive, making it a potential choice for off-roaders.

This new vehicle will also mark the first time a Mini is assembled outside the U.K. Austrian manufacturer Magna Steyr will build the car for Mini, which is rapidly running out of space at their current facilities. The Mini Crossman is scheduled for release in 2010. Segler says there are currently no plans for a fifth Mini model.

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