The two millionth MINI has rolled out from its assembly line at Plant Oxford, 10 years after this model started production. The two millionth MINI was driven off the line by Prime Minister David Cameron. Of the 2,000,000 units, at least 1.5 million of them have been exported in more than 90 countries across the globe.
Frank-Peter Arndt, who is the BMW AG board member assigned to oversee the production, was present to commemorate this major milestone for Plant Oxford as well as the continuing success of the MINI brand. Arndt stated that the production of the two millionth MINI comes on the back of strong demand from all over the world.
He added that the recent announcement of an additional £500 million investment in the UK MINI production facilities proves the vital role that the Oxford plays in the company’s international production network. He further stated that the most important factors in the MINI’s success are the passion, dedication and skills of its associates.
During the celebration, Arndt provided updates to the Prime Minister regarding the preparations made at the plant in order to assemble the next-generation MINI such as the new production facilities that are currently constructed.
The recent investment decision aids in ensuring the long-term future of the Oxford plant as well as the jobs at its engine plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham and its pressings plant in Swindon. It also brings the total investment of the company across its UK operations to at least £1.5 billion since 2000.
Prime Minister Cameron commented that it was a real privilege to drive the true-born British icon off the assembly line. He added that the 2 millionth MINI to be made in Oxford was a “fantastic symbol” of the nation’s strength in the worldwide automotive industry as well as being a “great British manufacturing success story.”