MINI : £500m investment safeguards over 5000 jobs at Plant Oxford


The BMW Group has today announced an additional £500 million investment in its UK production network over the next three years and confirmed that the UK will be a production location for its next generation MINI models.

MINI : Rolls-Royce’s input adds the glitz for Auto Shanghai

MINI Inspired by Goodwood

Keith Adams  The most luxurious factory-built MINI ever produced will be unveiled at next week’s Auto Shanghai. The ‘MINI inspired by Goodwood’ is limited to 1000 cars and has been built under BMW Group partner company Rolls-Royce’s guidance – as a concept, the luxury sporting small car is a sound one, and it will be interesting […]

Tata Pixel : The real successor to Sir Alec Issigonis’ original Mini?

Tata Pixel

Clive Goldthorp Autocar’s Editor, Chas Hallett, recently reported on a conversation with the BMW Group’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Ian Robertson, about the prospects of the MINI Rocketman Concept, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, reaching production. Robertson gave ‘clear indications that the MINI Rocketman could make production and gives hints towards […]

MINI : Warming to succeed Hildebrand at MINI Design

Gert Hildebrand

Gert Hildebrand is handing over the running of the MINI Design studio to Anders Warming at the end of 2010. Hildebrand will be leaving the company on the 31st December, 2010 after 10 successful years. Gert Hildebrand (57) has been responsible for the complete design development of the MINI brand since January 2001 and, with […]

Press Report : Towers lifts the lid on Longbridge

Jon Griffin, Birmingham Mail, 15th January, 2010 LONGBRIDGE could have been sunk as long ago as 1994 by Japanese car giant Honda, former MG Rover Chairman John Towers has claimed. In a rare interview for a new West Midland book on the car industry, Mr Towers has revealed that the Japanese firm – which held […]

Press Report : BMW’s Hams Hall plant produces 500,000th Mini engine

John Cranage, Birmingham Post, 7th September, 2009 BMW Group’s Hams Hall plant has reached another production milestone with the half-millionth MINI engine leaving the plant. It came as MINI celebrates its 50th birthday anniversary and followed just weeks after the 1.5 millionth MINI came off the line at BMW’s Plant Oxford, which has manufactured the […]

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 […]

MINI : HMG gives MINI E green light for UK trial


MINI E’s UK launch with (from L to R) Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, Andy Hearn, General Manager, MINI UK and Lord Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport The UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board announced yesterday that a consortium led by BMW Group will be supported by a proportion of a £25m fund, enabling […]