December 6, 2007
Mini to build Sports Activity Vehicle in Austria
Munich, Germany – The BMW Group has announced that a new Mini Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), designed by Mini Design and BMW Group Engineers, will be built by Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz, Austria. Magna Steyr will be responsible for series development and for later production.
BMW Group says that by outsourcing the Mini SAV, it will be able to increase flexibility within its own production network, allowing the lead plant for Mini production in Oxford to fully direct its mid-term capacity of 260,000 units towards meeting demand for the Mini, Mini Convertible and Mini Clubman. “By using Magna Steyr for production, we are able to give our own Production Network some breathing space to respond fully to market needs,” said Frank-Peter Arndt, Head of Production and Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “This solution will also allow us to bring the Mini SAV to the market as quickly as possible.”
Magna Steyr is an experienced partner of the BMW Group, having already produced the BMW X3. The BMW Group will steer all aspects concerning the brand and the concept, with the majority of the drivetrain development realized by BMW. The company will also design the contracts with suppliers.