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Three-millionth Mini rolls of Oxford production line

Friday 02 December 2016, By Autovolo

Three-millionth Mini rolls of Oxford production line

Three-millionth Mini rolls of Oxford production line

Mini Plant Oxford is celebrating an important production milestone, following the completion of the three millionth Mini to be built at the factory

Since 2001, the year the “new” Mini was released, the plant has produced three million examples of the popular vehicle, 80 per cent of which were exported globally.

Mini number three million was a John Cooper Works Clubman model, the most powerful iteration of the Clubman ever produced.

The milestone falls in the same year as parent company BMW’s centenary year, as well as Mini’s 15th year of production.

Oliver Zipse, member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for production, said while visiting the plant: “It’s great to be back in Oxford to mark this fantastic Mini production milestone. Since we began building Mini’s back in 2001 the car has proved to be hugely popular with customers right around the world.

“The passion and commitment that everyone here at the plant has for building a high-quality product is central to that success. The three millionth Oxford-built is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to everyone who has played their part in making this celebration possible.”

Since the year 2000, BMW has invested £1.75bn in the three UK Mini production plants in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hill, near Birmingham.

Frank Bachmann, managing director of Plant Oxford, said: “Hitting this milestone is a fantastic achievement for everyone on the team here at Oxford. Building the volume of high-quality cars that we have over the past 15 years is something everyone working here can be very proud of.”