Magna Steyr expects to boost auto output to 140,000

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Magna Steyr says it expects vehicle production at its plant in Graz, Austria, to exceed 140,000 vehicles in 2013, up from 123,602 last year.

The contract manufacturer currently builds  the Mini Paceman and Countryman for BMW, and the Mercedes G class and Mercedes SLS AMG body for Daimler, as well as the Peugeot RCZ for PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.

Magna Steyr may lose production of the two Mini variants once their lifecycles have run out, as BMW seeks to consolidate output at its Oxford plant in England and at the NedCar factory in the Netherlands, where Dutch group VDL is due to start Mini production next year.

“We are currently satisfied with the utilization of plant capacity in Graz,” Guenther Apfalter, president of Magna Europe, said. “In past years, between 120,000 and 160,000 cars were built in Graz,” the CEO added. “That is a range where we are comfortable.”

Apfalter said Magna Steyr had made no decision on a second plant, but said it was ''conceivable'' that company would build premium vehicles in Graz and add the production of high-volume mass-market models at a location in eastern Europe.

Automotive News Europe contributed to this report

You can reach Klaus-Dieter Floerecke at kfloerecke@craincom.de.

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