ON THE LINE: Working on a Mini five-door at the first production line in Oxford's assembly hall. Image: Mini
• 3-million Minis produced since 2001
• Three-millionth a five-door hatch
• Exports to 110 markets globally
• USA biggest, then UK and Germany
OXFORD, England - British manufacturer Mini announced the production of its three-millionth car since 2001, and its two-millionth international export.
Relaunched in 2001 under the stewardship of the BMW Group, the Mini brand claims to have become one of the most popular in the automotive world and a true British export success story with drivers in more than 110 countries.
In the intervening 13 years, the Mini range has grown from one to seven models.
The three-millionth Mini is a five-door Cooper S and has a special exterior design to celebrate its heritage and its British roots.
1000-ROBOT BODY SHOP
The equivalent of a R13.2-billion investment is under way across three of BMW Group’s UK plants, among them a 1000-robot body shop at plant in Oxford, near London, and the installation of new body manufacturing technologies that include laser welding.
A plant is being re-equipped for a new generation of engines that will be assembled at the company’s three global engine plants. These new engines, the new body and chassis structure and a completely refreshed design are combined in the all-new Mini.
Frank Bachmann, managing director of the two English plants, said: “Everybody here is proud to be celebrating these two milestones. The complexity of producing Minis for individual customers in more than 110 markets around the globe is a real testimony to the expertise of our workforce.”