With their Austrian facility running out of capacity, Magna Steyr are looking into opening a new factory to keep up with the increased production demand.
The company’s head of European business, Guenther Apfalter, told AutoNews that they are currently weighing in their options.
“Should the Graz plant become overloaded, a new factory nearby might be an option“, Apfalter told AutomobileProduktion in an interview, without dropping any names.
Previous reports suggest that the company was looking at Slovenia as a possible location for the new facility, but since an official decision is expected to be taken over the next few months, nothing is certain yet. Magna also had other locations in mind for expanding their operations, from China to North America, according to Apfalter.
Responsible for putting together the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which is due to be replaced by a new generation, Magna Steyr will also replace the production of the MINI Countryman with the latest BMW 5-Series from next March. Additionally, the company will also assemble the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV as part of a six-model production from four different automakers, including Toyota, starting from 2018.