Mercedes-Benz Extends G-Class Production Until 2015

Mercedes-Benz G-Class production
Mercedes-Benz G-Class production

G-Class Remains at its 30-Year Home

Contracts have been renewed for the continued production of Mercedes-Benz's G-Class at Magna Steyr's facilities in Graz, Austria, until 2015. Currently producing the G-Class in three, five-door, convertible and all custom versions, the Magna International division in Graz has output some 200,000 vehicles in its 30 years - satisfying consumers and government contracts alike.

The renewal reinforces Daimler AG's committment to and confidence in Magna, who developed Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC technology and consequently assemble 4MATIC-equipped E-Class vehicles.

G-Class orders in the amount of 1,200 units from the Australian Army help Magna project itself as a long-term, reliable partner to its clients. Stability is however conveyed more clearly by a balance sheet totalling a net cash position of $1.5bn.

Thanking Daimler AG, Siegfried Wolf, Co-CEO of Magna International, stresses the importance of the news for the local automotive industry in the region of Styria, South Austria, at a time of job losses in the sector and congratulates his staff on their achievements. Further notable achievements include the design and build of BMW's X3 at Magna, Jeep Grand Cherokees and the upcoming BMW X1 and MINI Crossover.

Source: Magna Steyr
Published Feb 28th, 2009 9:13am By Sam Stockley

OBERWALTERSDORF, Austria, February 26, 2009 - Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International Inc., announced today that it has signed an agreement with Daimler AG to extend the Mercedes-Benz G-Class production at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria until 2015.

Magna Steyr is currently producing the Mercedes-Benz G-Class in convertible, three-door and five-door versions as well as custom-built models. The G-Class, which has been produced in Graz for over 30 years with an overall production volume of approximately 200,000 vehicles, remains popular with consumers and governments. In November of last year Mercedes-Benz accepted an order from the Australian Government for 1,200 G-Class vehicles in various versions for their army fleet.

"This program extension is clear evidence of Magna's stability", stated Siegfried Wolf, Co-CEO of Magna International. "Magna has one of the strongest balance sheets in the supply industry with a net cash position of US$ 1.5 bn. This allows us to further strengthen Magna for the future. Our strong basis is also appreciated by our customers as they recognize Magna as a solid, long-term and reliable partner."

"Furthermore this extension underlines the quality and competitiveness of Magna Steyr," Mr. Wolf added. "We are very excited about this, especially for our employees because it is their achievements that made it possible to secure this successful outcome following intensive negotiations with our partner Daimler AG. I would also like to thank Daimler AG for their continued confidence in us - something which is very important in view of the difficult phase in which the automotive industry currently finds itself. The G-Class also has a high symbolic value for automotive manufacturing in Styria, having been produced in Graz for over 30 years. This extension is therefore also an important and very positive signal for the automotive industry in Styria."

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conroyshields conroyshields
An option should be a third row with it's own doors put between the current two rows, so the cargo area in the rear remains the same for a three row, three same legroom, 6 doors with 45 cu ft cargo behind third row
Jun 3rd, 2013 11:11am
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sugar-ray sugar-ray
best car mercedes have ever produced and certainly one of the best cars of all time together with vw beetle t-ford
Mar 2nd, 2009 9:55am
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motorsport13 motorsport13
its great cuz its very exclusive,rare and amazing but its too bad its one of the most expensive trucks
Mar 2nd, 2009 6:29am
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kimbo kimbo
Well it is expensive, but that makes it rare and exclusive.
Mar 2nd, 2009 7:43pm
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Rapid Rapid
A legend that should never die ..
Mar 2nd, 2009 12:57am
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coopergt coopergt
Love it. classic design works. Great stuff
Mar 1st, 2009 11:35am
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booost booost
Too true. Nice one.
Mar 1st, 2009 8:32pm
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steelerfan2009 steelerfan2009
i remember a comercial for this thing a few years ago where they were crash testing it into a brick wall and it just broke through the wall. it was great one of the best car comercials i ever seen.
Mar 1st, 2009 2:59am
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Beetle Beetle
Funny that it doesnt show it in the UK MB website...
Feb 28th, 2009 8:43pm
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sub39h sub39h
it does if you click on the "export/diplomat" tab. you can get the G55 AMG in RHD but it's very expensive
Feb 28th, 2009 9:31pm
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Beetle Beetle
Ahh , well Maybe too exspensive to drive off road , what a military versions where do the decommission them?
Mar 1st, 2009 12:16am
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sub39h sub39h
fantastic. gives me a few more years to save up for one!
Feb 28th, 2009 7:44pm
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kimbo kimbo
great news, I hope they would never stop making this amazing brick!
Feb 28th, 2009 7:19pm
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Beetle Beetle
Why can you never see it to buy on the MB website?
Feb 28th, 2009 4:43pm
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michelin901 michelin901
where on earth do you reside? its shown on most of the major market websites.. u.s, europe, middle east. i was never a fan of the g but surpisingly yes it still doesnt look old. and they are a big hit among the arabs as well. i see a brand new one on the road every other day here in oman especially the g55. good for merc.
Feb 28th, 2009 7:57pm
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uae_knight uae_knight
This car is one of the best cars that produced by Mercedes Benz, and if they stop producing it that will be a big lost for G class fans.
Feb 28th, 2009 4:37pm
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wjaprep wjaprep
Mercedes should never stop building this car.
Feb 28th, 2009 4:10pm
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MattAAron MattAAron
by far my favorite SUV :) amazing how they can retain the same design for YEARS, and it never looks old... every time i see one i still am in amazement
Feb 28th, 2009 4:07pm
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TheKing TheKing
Sorry but I disagree with you, this car is one old looking SUV, it is terrible that they don't update the design. If you roced up in it, I'd have thought that you bought the cr from the 1980's
Mar 2nd, 2009 1:10am
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conroyshields conroyshields
They could tweak the boxy design a little, by first,widening to 80" and keep same box shape but more aero dynamic with space age look
Jun 3rd, 2013 11:16am
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Andres2007 Andres2007
That's what the GL is for. If you're looking for a modern SUV the GL will do the job. But the G class remains irreplaceable.
Mar 2nd, 2009 5:38am
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