Cowley, or MINI Plant Oxford if you must, has built its three millionth post-BMW MINI, since since production began in 2001. The 3,000,000th car was a John Cooper Works Clubman with ALL4 all-wheel drive system. Since 2000 £1.75 billion has been invested by BMW Group at the three plants and at Oxford this has included a state-of-the-art paintshop, a high-technology body building facility, a new final assembly area, a new logistics centre, Quality and Engineering Centre and the MINIcademy, where the plant’s apprentices are trained.
The 2017 MINI Countryman has been revealed, and just like its predecessor, it moves very much into the Austin Maxi way of thinking by being bigger, better equipped, and more distant from the original entry-level hatchback.
The first plug-in hybrid MINI is readying for launch, with development almost completed. The 1.5-litre power unit works in parallel with an electric motor, which enables purely electric propulsion for the first time in a MINI. MINI is promising that the car will be fun to drive, retaining the existing car’s ‘go-kart’ feel. There are few outward […]
On Saturday 9 July, a cavalcade of classic and modern cars will parade around Swindon’s unique Magic Roundabout. All these cars will have had their body panels pressed at the MINI Plant in Swindon, formerly known as Pressed Steel… Taking advantage of the roundabout being closed for routine maintenance, the parade will begin at around […]
MINI has launched its latest model, the Seven. Taking its name from the 1959 Austin Seven, the MINI Seven joins the current generation range in five- or three-door form with specially designed exterior and interior looks unseen before on this generation’s model line-up. Unlike its namesake, it’s no stripped-out entry-level model. Sadly… It’s available in Lapisluxury Blue and three […]
It’s been a great 2015 in sales and production for British carmakers. In a week that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced record UK car sales figures, Jaguar Land Rover, MINI and McLaren all confirmed they had ended 2015 with significant sales growth.
The MINI Hatch has been named Best Supermini in The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars of 2016. Fending off stiff competition in its category, the MINI Hatch was commended by The Sunday Times judges for its hi-tech engines coupled with its refined ride, road noise and comfort. MINI Hatch’s build quality was also praised, with the judges […]
Easily the best-looking of all the F56 MINI variations so far, the new Convertible breaks cover before making its show debut in Japan next week. The car is set to go on sale in March 2016, with prices starting at £18,475 for the Cooper, rising to £20,225 for the Cooper D and £22,430 for the Cooper S. […]
The latest addition to the MINI range opened its doors at Frankfurt – it’s now a conventional five-door estate, retaining the split doors at the rear of the old model, but with an altogether roomier interior, thanks to a 10cm increase in wheelbase.
News Analysis : Geneva Update – BMW and Toyota to co-develop a new MINI Minor and Lexus-badged iQ successor?
Clive Goldthorp The BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) already have a wide-ranging cooperation agreement which was signed back in January, 2013 and extends to the joint development of a fuel cell system, the joint development of architecture and components for a sports car, joint research and development of lightweight technologies and the development a […]
MINI recorded record sales in the UK in 2014. In total, 53,661 MINI models found homes with UK buyers last year – 1,728 (3.3 per cent) more than the previous record set in 2013. MINI’s market share in the UK was 2.17 per cent, making it the biggest market for the brand in the world […]
MINI UK has today announced that the new MINI John Cooper Works will be launched at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. The new MINI JCW Hatch features the most powerful engine ever for a production MINI – a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo unit delivering 231 hp and 320 Nm – the JCW also draws on the brand’s motorsport expertise with […]
Plant Oxford today saw a production first as the new MINI 5-door Hatch comes off the production line. The new 5-Door is a first for MINI production at the Oxford plant and marks another phase in the roll-out of a £750 million investment programme across BMW Group UK’s production facilities from 2011 to 2015. The car […]
More than 11,500 panels are helping to harness renewable energy to power the MINI factory at Cowley. At more than 20,000 square metres, the plant’s new bodyshop now boasts one of the largest, roof-mounted solar farms to be installed in the UK. The photovoltaic system is fully commissioned and has a generating capacity over 3 MW comprising […]
Keith Adams The latest member of the MINI family has been unveiled. The 5-Door Hatch is expected to add significant volume to the MINI’s production output from its Cowley factory, while extending the appeal of the range to growing families who don’t want to go for the larger Countryman model. Prices for the entry-level Cooper […]
It’s not often that a ERA Mini Turbo comes to open market – so, when we saw this one, we had to draw it to your attention. It goes on sale with Bonhams in Oxford on 28 April and has an estimate of £14,000-17,000. The car, as you can read on these pages, was a […]
The entry-level MINI One and One D made their world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new cars, which see the appeal of the latest generation of the Hatch widen, feature less chrome and smaller wheels and look all the more appealing for being dressed down from the Cooper and Cooper S versions. The […]
John Slavin The MINI Clubman Concept has been shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The show concept features production-ready styling that chimes perfectly with the new F56 hatch. A production version of it will replace the outgoing Clubman, and it is a more conventional five-door design, rather than an the existing quirky three-plus-Clubdoor arrangement. There are […]
Recruitment for a brand new graduate programme with 13 places available across the MINI UK production network is now underway. The UK Graduate Programme will welcome applicants in variety of areas ranging from engineering and finance to business and IT. Eight will be based at the MINI factory in Cowley, with a further four at […]
MINI is looking for around 160 young people to take up apprenticeships through its company and dealership schemes in 2014. The new recruits will join over 400 existing apprentices currently undergoing training across the company’s UK operations, with some able to rise beyond NVQ to degree qualifications. In its MINI UK production network, the business […]