Detroit automakers have turned to Magna Steyr and its predecessors for both vehicle assembly and component development work. General Motors asked the Austrians to develop the all-wheel-drive system used in some of its late-’90s crossovers, including the pristine (if dusty) Pontiac Aztek on display. So too did Ford for the tonneau cover used on the ill-fated Lincoln Blackwood.
Chrysler had the strongest relationship with the company, using them for contract assembly of European-market Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders, Chrysler Voyager MPVs (which left the factory with a large and proud “Made in Austria” sticker festooned to their tailgates), Chrysler PT Cruisers, and Chrysler 300 saloons. The examples on display in Graz are certainly some of the best-preserved extant, and would be instant hits at any Radwood show.