Will the Ineos Grenadier SUV be assembled at the Magna Steyr?December 19, 2019
A couple of minutes ago it became known that the British company Ineos Automotive concluded an agreement with the Austrian company Magna Steyr.
Magna Steyr is an Austrian company that produces cars and automotive components. It is located in Graz (Austria). And Ineos Automotive is a British automaker that is currently “throwing all its forces” into the development of its Grenadier SUV.
One of Magna’s subsidiaries, has been developing chassis and suspension for an SUV from the start of the project. The company, which also has Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW and Toyota as customers, and also produces the Mini Countryman on behalf of BMW in Europe, will now take an active part in the next development phase of the British SUV project.
“Moving from creating a concept directly to developing a production version is an important milestone in the development of our Grenadier SUV project,” said Dirk Heilmann, CEO of Ineos Automotive.
“We are pleased that Magna, with its long-standing legacy and experience in developing four-wheel drive SUVs, will work with us on the next step. With recently confirmed production plans, we are moving on to developing the most important first prototypes for further testing. Next we want to start mass production of the car. “
BMW will supply engines for the new SUV, which will be based on the old Land Rover Defender. An old-new car will be built at a specially constructed factory in Bridgend, Wales. The plant will be close to the Ford engine plant, which had been associated with the Ineos project in the past before Ford announced that it would be closed.
Company founder Sir Jim Ratcliffe called the future Ineos Grenadier the “spiritual successor” of the original British SUV. Meanwhile, Land Rover introduced a completely new generation of its iconic model earlier this year, with first sales starting next year.
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