Magna said to be in talks with BMW to build new baby Mini 4x4
20 July 2007

Magna International – the automotive supplier that was among bidders for Chrysler earlier this year – is said to be in talks to build a new Mini-based SUV.According to reports in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper the SUV would be called the Colorado and would be built at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.That would be good news for Magna; Chrysler has said it is pulling its work from Magna’s Ontario, Canada plants, where the 300C, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum are made. Magna Steyer in Graz also builds the 300C for European markets.There will also soon be plenty of spare capacity at Graz - BMW said in May that the next-generation X3 will be built at its plant in Spartanburg, USA in 2010; Magna Steyr currently builds the X3.BMW has been looking at expanding the Mini line-up for some while. A new estate version, dubbed the Clubman, will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt motor show, and more models are needed to maintain the Mini’s profitability.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK