Automotive News Europe/Reuters, 26th January, 2011
Magna Steyr, which manufactures the MINI Countryman, will build BMW AG’s new MINI Paceman, the newspaper Kleine Zeitung reported.
Austria-based Magna Steyr already assembles the Countryman in Graz and has won a contract to build the MINI Paceman model, a two-door “Sports Activity Coupe,” the paper quoted BMW development head Klaus Draeger as saying.
“Yes, we will have the Paceman built in Graz too,” he told the paper. “As the auto is technically based on the Countryman it makes sense to go to Graz for this as well.”
Production of the Paceman – the seventh model in the MINI range – is set to start in late 2012 so sales can start in 2013, the paper said. Output levels are not yet fixed but are expected to be around 20,000 units a year, it added.
Speaking at the launch of the Paceman at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, Ian Robertson, a member of BMW’s board, said he believes the Paceman will find an audience among buyers who are interested in four-wheel drive, but want a sport coupe product rather than a four-door sedan.
[Source: Automotive News Europe/Reuters]
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