MINI : Plant Oxford builds 1.5 millionth car since launch in 2001

The MINI marque reached another milestone today as the 1.5 millionth car to be built since the launch of the new MINI in 2001 rolled off the production line at Plant Oxford.

Business Minister Ian Lucas MP, responsible for the Automotive Industry at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and BMW Group board member Ian Robertson joined a group of Plant Oxford apprentices as the Chili red MINI Clubman cleared the end of the production line en route to a British customer.

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, said: “This is a great day for the plant and a wonderful milestone to reach in the 50th birthday year of MINI. The very first classic Mini rolled off the production line here at this plant on 8 May 1959.

Robertson added: “This is a tough time for the car industry and no business is immune from its challenges, but MINI is an extremely resilient brand with huge customer appeal and we have seen a strengthening order bank in recent months. We will launch a number of new models in the coming years and we are optimistic for the future.”

BMW Group has invested more than £380m in Plant Oxford since 2001 and a further £100 million in the Hams Hall and Swindon plants, which make up the MINI Production Triangle in the UK. The Group employs more than 7,000 people in the UK and its activities account for 1 percent of the country’s GDP. The company has invested more than £1 billion in the UK since 2000.

BMW Group has invested more than £380m in Plant Oxford since 2001 and a further £100 million in the Hams Hall and Swindon plants, which make up the MINI Production Triangle in the UK. The Group employs more than 7,000 people in the UK and its activities account for 1 percent of the country’s GDP. The company has invested more than £1 billion in the UK since 2000.

Business Minister Ian Lucas said: “The Mini has been a symbol of British design and engineering for 50 years, and I am delighted to hear that it continues to succeed today. Part of the longevity of the Mini has come from the company’s ability to innovate – the redesign that was launched in 2001, the focus on reducing CO2 and the electric MINIs that over the next year we will be seeing on the streets as part of the Government’s Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator. The Government will do all it can to support the British Automotive Industry as it makes the necessary transition to the low carbon future.”

Some 5.3 million classic Minis were built in the 41 years between 1959 and 2000 so the total when combined with new MINI volume is 6.8 million cars.

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