Making what we reported a few months back official, a BMW representative announced that the MINI SUV will indeed be built by Magna in Austria. Here’s the official word as reported by the Detroit News:

>The new model will be built at Magna’s factory in Austria, BMW spokesman Mathias Schmidt said today.

>Magna will build about 40,000 of the four-wheel-drive Mini SUVs annually, with sales starting in 2010, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.

[ Report: Magna to build Mini SUV in Austria ] Detroit News