MS the contract manufacturer from Austria, will reportedly build a second factory in Slovenia. It will be used support the central facility, which will construct cars for four automakers.
According to Automotive News’ sister publication, Automobilwoche, the second contract manufacturing facility owned by Magna Steyr will be operational in 2018.
The unnamed source told its contacts at Automobilwoche that BMW’s Z5 would be constructed at the Austrian unit, as well as cars from Jaguar, Land Rover, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz.
In the case of Toyota, the central facility owned by Magna Steyr in Austria will build its sports car that will be the Supra’s successor. Evidently, BMW’s version, the Z5, will also share the production line. A part of BMW 5 Series production will also be offset in Austria, as you can read in the press release below.
For Mercedes-Benz, the continuation of the G-Class production contract with Magna Steyr will happen in Austria, even though some believe that the legendary off-roader could also be manufactured in Slovenia. Evidently, we are working on a guess here, as there is no official confirmation on the Slovenian facility and its operations.
Jaguar Land Rover has already started work on a factory in Slovenia, but the source quoted by those at Automobilwoche has announced that the British corporation owned by the Indians at Tata Motors will build an electric model in the Magna Steyr facility in Austria.
Around the same time, the next Land Rover Discovery will also be made in the same unit owned by the contract manufacturer.
According to the source mentioned at the beginning of this story, Magna Steyr will reportedly hire around 3,000 people for the new unit, and the project will involve an investment of approximately 500 million euros in its facilities.
As we explained at the beginning of the story, the Slovenian unit will have the role of relieving the pre-production and body shell departments of its Austrian center.
In other words, this new facility will have a support role for the central unit, which is expected to send up to 200,000 vehicles out its gates every year starting 2018
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