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BMW gears up for MINI Colorado 4x4

2007-07-23 13:50
Toronto - Magna International is in talks with BMW to build a larger version of the upscale German carmaker's trendy MINI brand, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported last week.

The sport utility vehicle would be called the MINI Colorado, with 65 000 to be assembled annually at Magna's Steyr plant in Graz, Austria, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

Tracy Fuerst, a spokesperson for Aurora, Ontario-based Magna told Reuters that the "reports of potential future BMW and Volkswagen assembly programs are speculative and, as a matter of policy, we will not comment on them".

"As a Tier 1 automotive supplier, we are constantly engaged in confidential discussions with (original equipment manufacturers) regarding potential future business," she said.

The Canadian autoparts maker is also rumored to be in talks with Volkswagen about assembling 20 000 roadsters annually for VW at the Steyr plant, the Globe said.

"It would be positive news for Magna because, as is well known, they are facing the loss of pretty significant volumes," said David Tyerman, an analyst at Scotia Capital.

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