German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine is reporting that Apple may be planning to use Austrian-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna to manufacture the Apple Car. According to the report, Apple has allegedly created a “secret lab” in Berlin with 15-20 engineers from a number of German car companies.
The Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria will also produce 100,000 units of the new G30 BMW 5 Series. Magna Steyr, whose customers include MINI and Mercedes-Benz, will wind down production of two MINI vehicles beginning this year.
It was also reported then that Apple execs visited Austria to meet with Magna to discuss the car project. Magna was one of the companies present at a global car body conference attended by Sixty Eight Research, a firm widely believe to be a front for the Apple Car division.
In the meantime, Apple continues to expand its rumored car division on US soil also. The Silicon Valley company has reportedly been quietly purchasing and leasing a variety of buildings, while hiring high profile employees.[Source: Business Insider, concept images from CarWow]