Mercedes-Benz's latest G-Class will continue to be built under contract in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr.

The contract dates back to Steyr-Daimler-Puch days, before Magna acquired the factory in 1998.

"Being the contract manufacturing partner for Daimler AG since 1979 is for me an expression of the constant trust that our customer places in Magna," said Guenther Apfalter, president Magna Europe and Magna Steyr. "With the production of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class we are able to continue demonstrating our competencies as a highly flexible and experienced contract manufacturing partner."

Since the beginning of G-Class production, more than 300,000 of the off-road vehicles have been produced in Graz. In 2014 the production contract between Daimler AG and Magna was successively extended and now runs through to 2023. Currently, the plant is producing more units than ever before due to model variations and the popularity of the vehicle in expanding global markets.