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Almost 15 years after the first Chrysler Voyager rolled off the production line in
"This is a key milestone for the Chrysler Group," said Thomas Hausch, the company's executive director of international sales and marketing. "We are experiencing an unprecedented sales success outside of North America with 17 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases, and our manufacturing operation in
Hausch also indicated that the efficient and flexible plant in
Vehicle production in Graz began with the founding of Eurostar in 1990, a joint venture between Chrysler and Steyr-Daimler-Puch Fahrzeugtechnik, now Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik (MSF), Eurostar produced three generations of the Chrysler Voyager minivan, and for a short period of time, the Chrysler PT Cruiser, before being sold to Magna Steyr in 2002.
Production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee began at Steyr-Daimler-Puch in 1994 under a contract manufacturing agreement with DaimlerChrysler Management Austria (DCMA). Since then, three generations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee have been built in
Today, MSF assembles six Chrysler Group vehicles for delivery to almost all markets outside of
"We are playing a key role in helping Chrysler Group's international product offensive," said Brenda Muellner, managing director, DCMA. "We have unique expertise, knowledge and understanding of the customers' needs around the world and have produced these vehicles with the level of quality and features that is demanded in both European and other key markets outside of
While most of the parts that are common with the North American models are supplied from the
Open five days a week and working in three shifts around the clock, the
"The production system is totally flexible, so a Chrysler Voyager could come after a Jeep Grand Cherokee, followed by a Commander, then a Chrysler 300C. This helps us to adjust quickly in order to meet the market demand," said Muellner. "The dedicated, well-trained workforce and cooperation between the different groups allowed the plant to reach this one-million-unit milestone."
Chrysler Group sells and services vehicles in more than 125 countries around the world, and Chrysler Group sales outside