Back in March, we reported that production of the all-new generation Mini Cooper would be moved to Germany and China. Mini owner BMW has gone out and dubbed the upcoming models “Made in Germany”. Partly as a result of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
When the new Mini Cooper and Countryman were revealed in early September, it was said that they would be built in Germany and China. The latter is in association with Great Wall Motors. Now the issue has been reversed.
According to Mini’s press release, they are now investing 600 million euros, about seven billion kroner, in their factories in Oxford and Swindon. Along with the modernization of factories, the aim is to start production of fully electric versions of the Mini Cooper and the upcoming Aceman from 2026 onwards. However, as early as 2024, production of the new Mini Cooper with a combustion engine, three- and five-door versions, and the upcoming convertible, will begin at the factory in Oxford.
Mini expects to be able to produce 200,000 cars a year, and from 2030 will make only all-electric models at the Oxford factory.
Investment in factories is funded by the British government. With this new addition, BMW will have invested a total of three billion pounds, over SEK 41 billion, in the facilities since 2000.
– We are proud to support the BMW Group’s investment, which will safeguard high-quality jobs, strengthen our supply chains and boost the UK’s economic growth, said Kemi Badenoch, UK Secretary for Business and Trade. freedom
According to the plan, the new Mini Countryman will be produced in Leipzig, Germany alongside the BMW 1- and 2-Series. According to previous plans, the new Mini Cooper and Aceman will be manufactured in Zhangjiagang, China.
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