DETROIT -- Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, will build the Jeep Commander, says Chrysler group COO Tom LaSorda. Chrysler group declined to provide details.
LaSorda made the comment in explaining that Chrysler will use its partnership with Magna Steyr to grow in Europe, rather than build its own European plant.
"We've got our hands full with all the new launches we've got going at Graz," LaSorda said.
"We've got the (Chrysler) 300, the 300 Touring, the (redesigned 2006) Grand Cherokee, the (Jeep) Commander," he said. "We've got a lot of launches going on this year. And we are still building the minivan there, too."
The Chrysler Voyager and Grand Voyager are built in the plant.
The seven-passenger Commander has three rows of seats and is based on the Grand Cherokee. It goes on sale in the United States this fall; other potential markets have not been announced.
"This partnership approach is a great strategy for where we want to grow," LaSorda says. "Magna Steyr has been a great partner for a long time."
The Magna Steyr plant in Graz has built Chrysler vehicles since 1991. Magna Steyr is a wholly owned subsidiary of auto supplier Magna International Inc. of Aurora, Ontario.
LaSorda declined to reveal planned volume for the Commander.
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