Three Million MINIs

In early December, Plant Oxford celebrated the three millionth MINI to roll off the assembly line since production began back in 2001. 

From around 300 cars a day in 2001 to around 1,000 built to order cars today, the 4,500 strong workforce at Oxford produce one new MINI almost every minute. 80 per cent of MINIs built in Oxford are exported to more than 110 markets across the world. Since we began building MINIs back in 2001 the car has proven hugely popular with customers right around the world. 

In its first year nearly 40,000 MINIs were sold worldwide. By 2015 this number had risen to nearly 340,000.Three UK plants have a part to play in its production - Hams Hall near Birmingham makes engines, Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and this all comes together at Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly. 

The Oxford plant includes a state-of-the-art paintshop, a high-technology body building facility, a new final assembly area, a new logistics centre, Quality and Engineering Centre and the MINIcademy, where the plant’s apprentices are trained. 

The classic Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and launched in 1959, revolutionised the automotive world and was produced at Oxford until 1968 with a peak output of 94,889 cars during 1966-7. 

Models built at Oxford today include three and five door MINIs, the MINI Clubman and its first all-wheel drive All4 model – and the high-performance MINI John Cooper Works.

 

Posted on 5 December 2016