GRAZ, Austria -- Magna Steyr may build the Chrysler 300C station wagon here.
Bodies-in-white of the Chrysler 300C wagon have been spotted inside the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, but Magna Steyr executives deny the contract coachbuilder is talking with D/C about making the car.
The Chrysler 300C wagon is sold only in Europe. Its sister car, the Dodge Magnum, only is sold in North America but features a different grille.
Chrysler group's assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, is having trouble meeting demand for the cars and is scrambling to boost production.
Magna produces the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler Voyager. It will build US-designed D/C models for at least another five years.
"Contracts for Voyager and Grand Cherokee are due to expire by 2006 and 2009, respectively," said Andreas Rudas, vice president communications and human resources at Magna Steyr. "Whether the next Voyager is produced with us again is still open to negotiation."
The Grand Cherokee is nearing the end of its lifecycle. A Chrysler source said a new Grand Cherokee will be introducted in Europe next year. The source said the Grand Cherokee production contract includes a start of production of this new model in Graz.
It may add the 300C Touring as a third Chrysler model starting in 2006.
"Next year, we will launch the all-wheel drive version of the 300C wagon," a DaimlerChrysler spokesman said. "With Magna Steyr's AWD experience, plus the fact that our Mercedes-Benz E-class 4-matic is also being made there, it is clear that they could build that car."