Official: Mini Cooper Coupe and Roadster will be built in the U.K.

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

MINI's manufacturing site in Oxford will be building two new MINI models. This report has been confirmed by Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, during his recent two-day visit to BMW Group UK operations.

The new models include a new vehicle derived from the MINI Coupé Concept, whose images were released to the media on August 26, 2009. Details for the second model remain unknown although its concept will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.

It is believed that the compact MINI Coupé Concept will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that powers the MINI John Cooper Works. The carmaker designed and developed the two-seater MINI Coupé Concept to be its most dynamic and agile model.

It features a low roof line, lightweight construction and ideal axle load distribution. Aside from the two new models, MINI Plant Oxford also builds the MINI Hatch, Clubman and Convertibles as well as their derivatives.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson described the production of the two new MINI models as very good news for Oxford and for the auto industry in the United Kingdom.

He noted that the two new models is a demonstration of BMW's long-term commitment to the UK. According to Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford, the choice of the facility as the assembly for the new models indicates the high level of flexibility of the plant and its associates.

Press Release

MINI Frankfurt show stars confirmed for production at Plant Oxford

Dr.Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW AG has announced that two new MINI models are to be built at MINI Plant Oxford.

Reithofer confirmed the production plan during his two-day visit to BMW Group UK operations earlier this week.

One of the models based on the MINI Coupé Concept and a concept of the second vehicle will be unveiled for the first time to global media at Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September.

Images of the stunning MINI Coupé Concept were issued to press on 26 August 2009, exactly fifty years after the first classic Mini was presented to the public.

Likely to feature the impressive 1.6-litre turbocharged MINI John Cooper Works power train, the MINI Coupé Concept is designed to be the most dynamic and agile MINI ever built. Strictly a two-seater, the low roof line, compact dimensions, perfect axle load distribution and lightweight construction are all trademarks of a genuine sports car.

Details of the second model have not yet been announced.

The two new models will join the existing Hatch, Clubman and Convertibles on the production line at Plant Oxford, where all derivatives are produced seamlessly just-in-time and just-in-sequence.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "The production of the two new MINI models is very good news for Oxford, and for the UK car industry. It is a demonstration of BMW's long term commitment to the UK as it celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

"British drivers have had a long love affair with the MINI and I'm sure that this will continue for many years to come."

Dr. Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford, said: "The fact that Plant Oxford will be building these exciting new models shows the high level of flexibility of the plant and its associates. The MINI family has a bright future.

Start dates for these two new models to enter production will be confirmed in due course.

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