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November 11, 2005

GERMANY: Magna-Steyr to end Mercedes E-class assembly

DaimlerChrysler will make all versions of its Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars at its plant in Sindelfingen, southern Germany, from 2007, the car maker said on Friday.

DaimlerChrysler will make all versions of its Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars at its plant in Sindelfingen, southern Germany, from 2007, the car maker said on Friday.

Reuters noted that Austrian contract car assembler Magna Steyr, a unit of Magna International, has been making the four-wheel-drive version of the E-Class under licence – its annual output is around 20,000 cars.

Magna Steyr will keep building the Mercedes G-Class offroader in Graz, Austria, Daimler said in a statement cited by the news agency. Magna Steyr has made more than 185,000 units of the G-Class there since 1979.

“By continuing to produce the G-Class in Graz and manufacturing all E-Class variants at our main plant in Sindelfingen from 2007, we have found a viable solution for both partners,” Mercedes Car Group chief Dieter Zetsche reportedly said.

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