• Oct 11th 2009 at 4:05PM
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

Magna International pulled a bold move when it declared its intention to buy Opel from General Motors, bridging the gap between component supplier and contract manufacturer on the one hand, to independent automaker on the other. In the process, Magna jeopardized its relationships with Germany's largest automakers, including Volkswagen and BMW, who had been keen to do business with a supplier; less so with a direct competitor.

Daimler sees it another way, however. Not only will Magna continue building the legendary Gelandewagen for Mercedes-Benz at its facility in Graz, Austria, but Mercedes also announced that the contractor will make the aluminum body panels for the recently-unveiled SLS AMG supercar. For its part, Magna is satisfied to receive the business, naturally, while Mercedes and Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche says he sees no conflict of interest. Deliveries of the SLS are expected to begin next spring.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man that's a hot car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see VW being upset with Magna because they compete directly with Opel. Mercedes does not, so why would anyone expect complaining from them?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well obviously. I dont believe Opel has a car that can touch the SLS if Magma was to eventually own it. So therefore no conflict in regards to parts pricing, quality or what have you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like this car. Mercedes made sure that it looks like nothing else on the road, and with that they succeeded.

      The body had to grow on me, but it definitely has. The interior is a bit bland though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting... At first, I really didn't like the way the SLS looked, but the more I see it, the more I understand the proportions. I'm actually starting to really like the way it looks. Funny enough, the same seems to be true with a lot of new cars lately.