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.