Report: Magna Steyr to Produce Some Next-Gen BMW 5 Series Models

Would replace Mini Paceman, Countryman production in Graz, Austria.

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A new report suggests that certain variants of the next-generation BMW 5 Series will be built by Magna Steyr in the company's Graz, Austria, plant. The news comes from Automotive News citing a report from Germany's Automobil Produktion.

The contract manufacturer will reportedly build between 50,000 and 70,000 units per year of the next-generation 5 Series, though no word on which models will be produced in Graz. BMW build's the current 5 Series in its Dingolfing plant in southern Germany. The 5 Series is the automaker's second best-selling model worldwide, second only to the 3 Series at 373,053 units and 480,214 units, respectively, sold globally last year.

While the Mini Paceman will be discontinued, the automaker hasn't said where production of the Mini Countryman will move. Both BMW and Magna Steyr declined to comment on the report. In January 2014, Magna said in a statement that it would add production of a new BMW model after assembly of the Mini models in Graz ended.

Magna Steyr will also build yet-to-be-named Jaguar Land Rover vehicles at the plant, and the contract manufacturer currently builds the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Peugeot RCZ in Graz.

Spy shots of a next-gen BMW M5 prototype pictured.

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