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BMW investment secures future of Mini factories

15:00 29 September in News

German car giant BMW has announced plans to invest more than £600 million in their Mini factories in Oxford and Swindon, in order to build a new generation of electric cars – exclusively producing them by 2030. 

Plant Oxford has always been the driving force in MINI’s history and celebrated its 110th anniversary this year, crafting up to 1000 MINIs day.

The company will be making key improvements to the plant’s body shop, adding a new battery installation area, and building logistics facilities at both their Oxford and  Swindon site.

Plant Oxford will be saying hello to a new generation of MINI models, including the brand-new MINI Cooper 3-door and MINI Cooper 5-door in Oxford from 2024, with further models joining them in 2026.

BMW has a deeply rooted focus on sustainability in Oxford and Swindon, including the presence of one of the largest solar farms in the UK, reducing their footprint by approximately 1,500 tonnes of C02 each year.
Milan Nedeljković, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG said: “With this new investment we will develop the Oxford plant for production of the new generation of electric MINIs and set the path for purely electric car manufacturing in the future”.

This exciting new development will help secure jobs, and is supported by the UK Government – with funding worth £75m.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “BMW Group’s investment is another shining example of how the UK is the best place to build cars of the future. By backing our car manufacturing industry, we are securing thousands of jobs and growing our economy right across the country.”

This is the latest in a series of government-backed investments designed to promote the development of electric vehicles in Britain, ahead of a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars due to take effect in 2035.

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