MINI Oxford plant celebrates 3 million production milestone

MINI Oxford plant celebrates 3 million production milestone The three millionth model to roll off production lines at MINI Plant Oxford was a Mini Cooper S five door model which was painted in a special Union Jack colour combination to celebrate its heritage and British roots. The two millionth export was a standard Mini hatchback in Volcanic Orange that also left the factory on its way to a buyer in Japan.

Relaunched in 2001 under BMW Group, MINI brand has seen enormous success in the global auto sector. The British brand is now exported to a total over 110 markets across every continent with USA being its biggest market followed by UK, Germany, China and France. The brand has grown from 1 to 7 models catering to every requirement of its buyers.

To celebrate this historic moment, MINI published a time lapse film showcasing how the car is built from scratch. The three UK plants have had a part to play in the production of MINI with Plant Hams Hall making engines, Plant Swindon producing body pressing and sub assemblies for the MINI while it is all put together at Plant Oxford along with body shell production, paint and total assembly.

The first classic Mini was produced in Oxford on May 8, 1959. The Oxford Plant now offers employment to 4,000 persons which also includes 92 apprentices and while capacities have been around 170,000 units a year mark, capacity will be enhanced by 2016.

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