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PostSubject: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 19:51

Looks like Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman may become British soon....
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/bmw-ends-mini-production-at-magna-steyr/

"The Kleine Zeitung newspaper reported on Thursday that the BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016. The Austrian supplier currently builds the Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman. BMW will move production of the two models to BMW’s own Mini factory in Oxford, England, and to Mitsubishi’s former NedCar facility in the Netherlands, where the Dutch group VDL will start Mini production under contract later this year. Magna Steyr’s corporate parent, Magna International, said in a statement that its relationship with BMW will continue through a new vehicle manufacturing contract. “The new production program would start following the end of production of the current Mini models Mini Countryman and Mini Paceman being assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz.” No details were given on specific models that Magna Steyr will be assembling under the new contract.

According to the Kleine Zeitung, Magna Steyr’s role will not be to build particular BMW Group cars but rather it will hold capacity for a variety of models as demand dictates. Those would likely be high-volume models like the BMW 5 series and 3 Series cars. The newspaper says that the contract will probably cover a volume of over 100,000 vehicles over 6 to 7 years.

Neither Magna Steyr or BMW has commented on the report.

Magna Steyr currently also assembles vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot."
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 19:53

Sounds good, the quality of the interior of those models is shocking in comparison to the UK built cars.
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 20:17

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Sounds good, the quality of the interior of those models is shocking in comparison to the UK built cars.

I think ours is good, no rattles and everything works after over 4 months. It is the latest facelift one which is bette than earlier ones, just my view Smile

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 20:33

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Moon wrote:
Sounds good, the quality of the interior of those models is shocking in comparison to the UK built cars.

I think ours is good, no rattles and everything works after over 4 months. It is the latest facelift one which is bette than earlier ones, just my view Smile

The quality of the countryman has always impressed me dave too. But glad it's all coming in house Smile
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 21:36

Davyboy wrote:
Moon wrote:
Sounds good, the quality of the interior of those models is shocking in comparison to the UK built cars.

I think ours is good, no rattles and everything works after over 4 months. It is the latest facelift one which is bette than earlier ones, just my view Smile

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The quality of the countryman has always impressed me dave too. But glad it's all coming in house Smile

I agree, never found the Paceman or the Countryman interiors to be any lesser quality than the rest of the range. Will be good to see them built in ol Blighty though  Union Jack Flag 

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 21:55

It will be interesting how they will manage from the same site!

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 21:56

The only thing that has disappointed me is the lack of a drivers door sun visor yet on the left hand drive models they get one intend of the useless grab handle...

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 21:57

that's got to be good news for jobs then too Very Happy

I'm trying to get the wife to 'fall' for a Countryman - she seems to think she needs a HUGE car though  getcoat 
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 21:59

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that's got to be good news for jobs then too Very Happy

I'm trying to get the wife to 'fall' for a Countryman - she seems to think she needs a HUGE car though  getcoat 

Get her into a test drive, I'm sure she will be impressed Smile

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:01

trying DB - she does like the styling, but she's convinced it wont be big enough, apparently me saying it will doesn't cut it Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:03

Julie loves hers Smile

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:06

in practical terms what's the boot space like, say versus the Clubman? would it fit a pushchair and a couple of holdalls?
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:10

Depends what size pushchair I guess but we take a buggy and numerous bags for our granddaughter, never tried the massive thing my daughter uses.

Certainly bigger than the Clubbie and more leg room and 3 rear seats Smile

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:13

My lil' lad has a fairly compact pushchair - but the additional kit is the killer!

I did think it odd that the Clubbie has 3 rear headrests but I'm not sure 3 people would stand a chance in the back Smile
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:24

Take the gear to a dealer and try it out ..

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 22:28

will do - I'd love to be a 2 MINI family Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   7th February 2014, 23:16


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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   8th February 2014, 08:14

^ nice - I think I'd go for a black and red colour combo next Cool
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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   8th February 2014, 12:25

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^ nice - I think I'd go for a black and red colour combo next Cool

I know a black and red Clubbie that could be for sale soon Wink

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PostSubject: Re: BMW Group will end contract production of Mini cars by Magna Steyr in 2016   8th February 2014, 14:07

really? oh no?? due for a change or has something else caught your eye?
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