November 13, 2006
Chrysler Group announces one-millionth European Chrysler/Jeep vehicle
Workers at the Chrysler Group plant in Graz, Austria celebrate the production of the one millionth vehicle at the plant, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Click image to enlarge
Stuttgart, Germany – Almost 15 years after the first Chrysler Voyager was produced in Graz, Austria in 1991, the Chrysler Group has celebrated the one-millionth “made in Europe” Chrysler/Jeep vehicle. The milestone vehicle was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the company’s top-selling model outside North America.
Vehicle production in Graz began with the founding of Eurostar in 1990, a joint venture between Chrysler and Steyr-Daimler-Puch Fahrzeugtechnik. The company produced three generations of the Chrysler Voyager minivan, and for a short period of time the Chrysler PT Cruiser, before being sold to Magna Steyr in 2002. Production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee began in 1994; three generations of the model have been built in Graz.
In Europe, the Chrysler Group builds the Chrysler Voyager, Grand Voyager, Chrysler 300C Sedan, 300C Touring (wagon), Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300C STR8, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, and Chrysler Crossfire. While most of the parts common to North American models are supplied from the U.S., approximately 50 per cent of the material costs of the unit are purchased locally.