April 10, 2007
Mini builds one-millionth car
Oxford, England – Six years after the start of series production, Mini has built its one-millionth vehicle at its Plant Oxford location in England. The one-millionth Mini is Pepper White and Almond Green, and has a roof graphic made up of one million little Minis. The company says that with the upcoming launch of the Mini Clubman, the third model in its range, and with increased production capacity, the company expects to set new production and sales records for 2007.
The Plant Oxford facility, the sole producer of Mini, produces up to 700 vehicles a day, using 4,700 workers over three shifts. All Minis are built to individual customer orders, with almost 80 per cent produced for export. While initial forecasts suggested a market for about 100,000 units per year, the company sold a record 200,428 cars in 2005.
The BMW Group has invested 380 million pounds into Plant Oxford since 2000; the facility, known as Mini Production Triangle, includes plants at Hams Hall and Swindon which supply engines, pressings and subassemblies to Plant Oxford. Annual capacity is planned to reach 240,000 units.